“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
How many times have we heard the term “comprehensive immigration reform” in the last couple of years? It has become another political catchphrase, like “fiscal cliff,” or “sequester,” that is repeated ad nauseam by Democrats and Republicans alike inside the beltway. Such repetitive nomenclature is presumably intended to give voters the impression that there is vigorous debate about a given topic, which in turn gives the false impression that something is actually being accomplished. It’s all part of what is now commonly referred to as “kabuki theater” in Washington. Despite decades of both parties’ failure to enforce our immigration laws and protect our southern border, they want us all to now believe that this time they fully intend to fix the system. There is a “fix” going on, but it has more to do with politics-as-usual than it does with the Rule of Law, and the Will of the People. The race is on to see which party can ingratiate themselves more completely to a very large special interest group — illegal aliens. It is political theater that we Constitutional Conservatives find utterly repulsive. Any hope of solving this huge problem in a just manner depends on the ability of true Conservatives in Congress to push back against the demagoguery of the Left, as well as weak-willed members of the Republican establishment. However, pushback is not enough. Conservatives must actively appeal to those immigrants who actually respect and follow our laws.
The Republican Party continues to flounder aimlessly in the wake of the 2012 presidential elections. If they do manage to take back the Senate, it will be due almost entirely to the broad unpopularity of President Obama, rather than any specific agenda that the Republicans have articulated. They are in the process of attempting to redefine themselves as a party when it comes to many of the core issues of our day, especially regarding immigration. Unfortunately, the party has taken exactly the wrong message from the 2012 elections vis-à-vis immigrants — especially Latinos — and their voting habits. Most strikingly, what the Republican Party has failed to understand and/or explain is that there are millions of immigrants who are here legally! These immigrants have played by the book — following our laws, waiting in lines, filling out forms, learning English, and paying fees. Most of them are here because they appreciate what America represents: individual liberty, economic opportunity, and religious freedom. In fact, I would wager that many of them know more about this nation’s history and laws than most natural-born American citizens. Conversely, most illegal immigrants have no sense of allegiance to this nation’s laws and traditions. Many, like the members of La Raza, are openly hostile to the United States. Nevertheless, in the mad dash to pander to illegal immigrants, legal immigrants have been cast aside and forgotten about. This has left many legal immigrants feeling confused, dejected and angry.
I have firsthand knowledge of this, since I am married to a legal Latina immigrant who recently became a naturalized United States citizen. My wife works harder than anyone I know! She also probably pays more taxes than the average American citizen. She has dotted every “i” and crossed every “t” in her quest to remain in this country legally. The first thing that she did when she moved here nearly fifteen years ago was to enroll in an intensive ESL (English as a Second Language) course. She understood that if she wanted to be successful in this nation, then it was in her best interest to learn the predominant language. In addition, my wife is a faithful Christian woman who shares the values that the Republican Party claims to represent: low taxes, individual responsibility and initiative, traditional marriage, life from conception to natural death. If she had been eligible, my wife would have voted in the last election, and I guarantee that she would not have cast her vote for Obama. She understands, and resents, what Obama is truly about. She is also mystified that so many of her fellow Latino immigrants, both legal and illegal alike, have fallen under his spell.
Democrat loyalty among Latinos persists because the Democrats have managed to convince many of them that Republicans are just a bunch of nasty old White folks who hate foreigners. It is the same tact that Democrats have taken with other minority groups, and it is based on a lie. And yet, despite the fact that Conservatives and a majority of Latinos share family and faith values, the Republican Party has been completely unwilling and/or unable to get that message out. Instead, the leadership of the Republican Party believes that pandering to illegal aliens is the answer. They are severely misguided. The message that we need to get out to legal immigrants, Latino and otherwise, is that we are in their corner, and that we will reward them for following the laws of the land. If we allow amnesty then we will be rewarding the utter disregard for our laws. We will be rewarding all of those who jumped in line ahead of those who have shown respect for our nation and our laws. Are we still a nation of laws, or are we not?
That is a question that the Obama administration seems to have answered time and again with a resounding “No!” This president is brazen in his lawless behavior, particularly regarding the issue of immigration. The Obama administration needs to appear to be doing something about the illegal immigration issue; meanwhile, they work behind the scenes to undermine our immigration laws. In fact, the president is actually using our immigration law as a Trojan horse to import more illegal aliens! When he isn’t manipulating our laws, he’s simply deciding not to enforce them. Being the consummate community organizer, Obama knows how to manipulate the “optics.” Oh sure, he may send a handful of National Guardsmen to the Mexican border, or deport a handful of illegal aliens, but he knows that for every one illegal immigrant “deported,” three more sneak across the border. And it is quite clear that Obama himself has created this current crisis on our southern border. When you watch a magician doing a magic trick pay attention to his other hand! Obama is pulling a sleight of hand with this issue. If he cannot convince the weak House Republican leadership to fully own this by passing comprehensive immigration reform (i.e., amnesty), then he will most likely do it himself via executive fiat. I suspect that he would prefer the former, which is why he will do all that he can to strong-arm Boehner and McConnell into capitulating.
“AMNESTY, n. The state’s magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish.” ― Ambrose Bierce
Republicans, led by the Tea Party Caucus, need to let it be known that they are fully in favor of legal immigration. The best way to illustrate this would be to bring forth several examples of legal immigrants, from all over the world, who have come to this nation and succeeded. Republicans should invite them to the House or Senate to tell their stories. If that’s too difficult, then hold a press conference on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Just give them a platform to tell their stories. Let them explain exactly how hard they worked to come here legally. Let them explain how their own family members have waited patiently for years for a chance to come here. Give a face and a name to the unrepresented legal immigrant. These people are the epitome of the American Dream, and they should be loudly praised for this. Legal immigrants bend over backwards to be here legally, and then our government turns on them by saying that it wants to grant amnesty to all the illegal aliens who simply jumped the border and avoided doing it the right way. It’s like a teacher giving an “F” to all of the kids who study and get all the questions on the test right; while all the slackers who didn’t study get an “A.” It makes no logical sense!
This is dangerous. Not only are we driving away good, intelligent legal immigrants who really love America; we are also sending a message to all would-be illegal immigrants from every country around the world: “No need to obey our laws once you are here, because we don’t even respect and uphold our own laws.” We are also inviting millions more foreigners who are intent on moving here only to take advantage of our generous social welfare policies.
Speaking of laws, Republicans are also failing to draw obvious comparisons between illegal immigration and other unlawful activities. Here are two such examples:
- As a legal U.S. citizen, if I consistently fail to pay my taxes, I would be in violation of the law. You can bet that the IRS would take action against me. If I continue to refuse to pay my taxes, a lien would be placed on my house, my belongings would eventually be repossessed and sold at auction, and/or I would go to jail. Yet, there are millions of people who come here illegally, don’t pay their taxes, flout our laws, steal social security numbers, and break or bend scores of other laws. Do we speak of punishing this behavior? No. Instead, our president wants to reward them with amnesty and even citizenship.
- As a legal U.S. citizen, if I get pulled over for a traffic violation I have to produce two documents: a valid license and the vehicle’s registration (and, in some states, proof of insurance). In other words, I have to show my papers! Those documents are required to prove that I am legally capable to drive, and that the vehicle that I’m driving is not stolen. If I fail to produce those valid documents, I would be in big trouble. So why do Liberals get so uptight about immigrants needing to produce legal documents proving their legal status?
These two examples beg an obvious question: Why are U.S. citizens and legal residents of the U.S. held to a higher standard than illegal immigrants? The answer of course is self-evident; it is rooted purely in politics. It’s all about the Democrat party exploiting human beings in order to use them to remain in power. Their objective is to import millions more potential voters who can be coaxed into a life of eternal dependency on government programs. In order for Socialism to function, a permanent under class must be created and maintained by the ruling elite class.
“Arizonans should not be judged disdainfully and from a distance by people whose closest contacts with Hispanics are with fine men and women who trim their lawns and put plates in front of them at restaurants, not with illegal immigrants passing through their backyards at 3 a.m.” ― George Will
The tactics that the Left uses to achieve absolute power are predictable and well-documented. The Left wants to use the race card in regard to illegal immigration (just as they do with every other issue). They claim that the only reason that Conservatives oppose illegal immigrants is because most of these immigrants have brown skin. However, in truth, opposition to illegal immigration has nothing to do with race; it’s about protecting our sovereignty as a nation by upholding our laws. What if there were millions of undocumented Caucasians flooding into this country — let’s say from Croatia, Slovenia, and Hungary, via Canada — and they were stealing social security numbers, evading taxes, and generally flouting our laws? And what if some of these illegal aliens were also starting dangerous gangs, trafficking drugs, murdering, raping and otherwise engaging in uncivil behavior? Do all the race-baiters think that “White America” would welcome such dangerous illegal immigrant criminals with open arms, just because the criminals happen to have white skin? Sadly, that probably would be their assumption.
Obviously, not every illegal immigrant is a violent criminal; however, there is a very violent criminal element that is taking advantage of our lax immigration policies and our unwillingness to secure our borders. It is an undeniable fact that Mexican drug cartels continue to encroach further and further within our borders. They are emboldened by our weakness. The same is true of Central American gangs like MS-13. The longer we fail to secure the border with Mexico, the longer we will be susceptible to violent attacks from the Mexican drug cartels and their army of smugglers. This has obvious implications when it comes to homeland security as it relates not only to drug crime, but also Islamic terrorism. Hezbollah has been colluding with drug cartels along the U.S.-Mexico border. Surely ISIS is eyeing our weak southern border with great interest as well. This is a nightmare scenario in the making. Satan himself gives scumbags like these a wide berth. From a tactical perspective, it makes perfect sense that our enemies would exploit our soft, vulnerable underbelly. That fact alone should be reason enough to seal the porous Southern border. If we don’t do this soon then there will be another terrorist attack on our soil. It is only a matter of time.
“One of the critical issues that we have to control is illegal immigration, because this is a multi-headed Hydra that affects our economy, our health care, our education system our national security, and also our criminality.” ― Allen West
Again, this is not meant to imply that every illegal immigrant is a member of a drug cartel or violent gang. However, even if a very small percentage of those entering the country illegally are violent criminals, this should still be cause for concern. Our main concern should be about the sovereignty and stability of this republic. That cannot be sustained if millions of illegal immigrants continue to be allowed to flood into our country in a haphazard fashion, regardless of their country of origin. In addition, there is the possibility of highly-infectious diseases like Ebola, measles, and even polio being imported with this wave of illegal immigration.
The racism angle is mostly a distraction. The larger point is that opposition to illegal immigration is rooted in the Rule of Law, not racism. Leftists, who have the issue of race lodged firmly into their frontal lobe and interwoven into their ideological DNA, need to start looking beyond skin color and start thinking about things from a merely human (and dare I say “American”) perspective. It makes no difference whether a legal immigrant comes from Africa, South America, or the Middle East, as long as they have a genuine desire to participate in the American way of life, follow our laws, and respect our customs. I know and have met many immigrants from all over the world who truly love this nation because they appreciate the American Ideal, and the opportunity that it provides to everyone. That is the kind of immigrant that this nation desperately needs! However, the more we pander to illegal aliens, the more we are in danger of turning away those who value our way of life.
“To assert as some have that illegal immigrants do not depress wages because they do the jobs Americans refuse is the kind of nonsense economists speak when they strain to be counterintuitive. It is similar to saying that cheap imports do not hold down prices.” ― Mark Helprin
Surely it must be clear to the Republican Party by now that the Democrats will not allow them to co-opt the pro-Latino message, at least not on traditional Democrat grounds. Democrats view Latinos merely as a reliable voting block, as they have always viewed Black Americans. If Republicans insist on pandering like Democrats, this will only ensure that Democrats will forever own this debate. If the Republican Party is to have any chance at winning this debate, then they must stand on Conservative principles, and be confident that there are scores of legal immigrants and American citizens who agree with those principles of limited government, and individual prosperity for all Americans. They should also be cognizant of the fact that there are also millions of American citizens, and legal immigrants, who have grave concerns about the vulnerability that our porous borders represent. By insisting on pursuing this policy of weakness and appeasement regarding illegal immigration, pro-amnesty Republican politicians will further alienate tens of millions of Republican voters. What’s most ironic is that even American Latinos do not place as high a priority on amnesty as our pandering politicians seem to think.
So what’s the solution to the millions of illegal aliens currently residing within our borders? Well, to begin with, no one who is serious about this issue is proposing a scenario where every single illegal resident is rounded up, hog-tied, put into paddy wagons, and sent back to their country of origin. Clearly, that is not a practical solution. Nevertheless, something must be done to address the fact that there are tens of millions of people who reside here illegally. We could start by sending a very clear message to every illegal resident, and potential illegal immigrant, that we actually take our laws seriously, and that there will actually be a price to be paid for disobeying those laws. We must stop providing a hospitable environment in which illegal immigration is allowed to thrive with impunity. There are other practical ways of dealing with the issue, like severely punishing those who hire illegal immigrants. However, any real progress is nearly impossible to achieve in a climate where political posturing, racial demagoguery, and fear-mongering rule the day. It is also difficult when politicians have decided that illegal immigrants are more valuable to them as political pawns, which is why all signs point toward amnesty. Recent history has proven that it is a huge mistake to assume that granting blanket amnesty and citizenship will solve this issue. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 certainly did not solve the problem; it only made it worse. Now it would seem that the ruling elites are poised to continue paving that road to hell with their “good” intentions. And why should we expect otherwise, when Barack Obama and his minions have proven time and time again that their every action has a cynical political motivation behind it. It’s obvious that this current immigration “fix” will simply facilitate the importation of millions more people into a dependency class, and a secure voting block for politicians and lobbying groups who care only about their own power structure. Furthermore, another amnesty bill will also promote an even greater influx of people who wish to tap into the seemingly endless generosity of the American welfare state. Our nation is already $17 trillion in debt. The number of people receiving government assistance has skyrocketed under this current administration (which is by design). How long before it all comes crashing down around our ears? But hey, as long as there is still the next election to be won, then why should our politicians care? With their platinum pensions, they haven’t a care in the world.
“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” ― Ronald Reagan
If the Conservative wing of the Republican Party has any hope of winning this debate, they must loudly and frequently proclaim that we are fervently in favor of legal immigration. To borrow another tired catchphrase, we are a nation of immigrants. It is a cliche, but it nevertheless rings true. Many of us can trace our immigrant roots back a mere two or three generations. Immigrants helped to build this nation through their hard work, dedication, and loyalty and belief in the Land of Opportunity – all hallmarks of Conservative values. We cannot allow the demagogues on the Left to portray Conservatives as “racist,” “anti-immigrant,” or “xenophobic.” We must make it clear that we fully support legal immigration. However, we must be just as resolute in our defense of the Rule of Law as well as the sovereignty of this great nation. If we are to remain a great nation, then we must not forget that no nation can be great if it does not uphold the integrity of its laws. We must convey that message not only to our fellow citizens, but also to the inhabitants of the rest of the world.
One thing is clear, if we are to have any hope of winning this debate, then we must continue to work to expose the deceitfulness of Obama and the Democrats (as well as some Republicans). Conservatives must not cave on this issue! It is time for all of the true Conservatives in Congress to stand up to both Obama and to the feckless Republican “leadership,” and begin to put this ship back on course. I believe that H.R. 5272 was a step in the right direction. Now is the time to seize the momentum and push back against this lawless regime.