Time to put the interests of American families first.
It has taken decades of concerted efforts by the immigration anarchists to get America to the dangerous point where it is today.
Currently America has a population of unknown millions of illegal aliens who entered the United States covertly and without vetting by running our borders. Their presence in the United States and their very identities are unknown and unknowable.
We also have millions of illegal aliens who violated the terms of their lawful admissions into the United States and have gone “missing in America.”
Incredibly so-called “Sanctuary Cities” and “Sanctuary States” harbor and shield these illegal aliens from detection by the Department of Homeland Security and its component immigration law enforcement agencies, even as mayors of those cities demand to be given federal funds to combat crime and protect their residents against international terrorists they may be harboring.
Securing our nation’s borders and enforcing our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States has nothing to do with racism, bigotry or xenophobia, the lie most often spewed by immigration anarchists, but has everything to do with national security, public safety and public health.
Our immigration laws have nothing to do with race, religion or ethnicity. A review of Title 8 U.S. Code § 1182 will quickly lay waste to the notion that our immigration laws are about racism or bigotry. That section of law enumerates the grounds of inadmissibility of aliens without considering their race, religion or ethnicity.
Among the categories of such aliens to be excluded are those who have dangerous communicable diseases, are seriously mentally ill, are criminals, fugitives, spies, terrorists or have been previously deported from the United States and have not been granted authorization since deportation to reenter the United States. That section of law also protects American workers from unfair foreign competition.
The primary goal of all five branches of the U.S. military is to keep America’s enemies as far from our shores as possible. However, in this era of terrorism and asymmetrical warfare, terrorists don’t engage in conventional warfare against our military, but seek to enter the United States by whatever means that they can, to carry out deadly terrorist attacks against our civilian population.
During World War II Nazi saboteurs came to America on German U-boats and used other covert means to infiltrate the U.S. to spy and commit acts of sabotage. Today, the terrorists most often enter the United States through ports of entry.
However, all means of entering the United States, both legal means and illegal means, can and have provided terrorists and transnational criminals and fugitives with access to the United States.
As I have frequently noted, the United States has fifty “border states.” Any state that lies along America’s northern or southern borders are border states as are those states that have access to America’s 95,000 miles of coastline. Finally, any state that has an international airport is also a border state.
Therefore the mission of immigration law enforcement is to back up the military by making the borders of the United States our first and last line of defense against America’s foes and those foreign nationals who would pose a threat to the safety and well-being of America and Americans.
On September 11, 2001 just nineteen terrorists inflicted more casualties on the United States than did the entire Japanese fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the death toll from the attacks of 9/11 continues to climb.
On December 14, 2017 the New York Post reported that a 9/11 first responder killed himself after a battle with lung disease. That “first responder” was Douglas Greenwood, the NYPD Captain who led the first responders who dug through the mountain of rubble at “Ground Zero” that came to be known as “the pile” searching at first for survivors and then for human remains. His disease not unlike so many others, was attributed to exposure to the toxins released with the World Trade Center complex was destroyed by two hijacked airliners on 9/11.
Today much has been made about chain migration and the underlying principle of “family reunification.” The idea is that if an alien is granted lawful immigrant status and subsequently becomes a United States citizen, he/she may then petition the U.S. government to have their brothers and sisters become resident aliens along with all of their spouses and minor children.
The incredible lie is that it is unfair for aliens to legally immigrate to the United States and thus be separated from their families. The Obama administration went even beyond the provisions of the immigration laws and mandated that so-called illegal alien “unaccompanied minors” be permitted to enter the United States to be “reunified” with their illegal alien family members who were already living illegally in the United States.
Under current immigration laws, aliens who become lawful immigrants are able to bring their nuclear families with them as immigrants. This means that their spouses and minor children are also granted Alien Registration Cards (Green Cards). This makes perfect sense.
However, when lawful immigrants become United States citizens, they are then entitled to petition to have their parents and all of their brothers and sisters admitted as lawful immigrants in their own rights. Furthermore, their siblings are also entitled, as immigrants, to have all of their spouses and minor children granted green cards as well.
Because of this, one newly-minted U.S. citizen can ultimately provide lawful immigrant status to dozens of extended family members.
Under this visa program, the impact that such massive numbers of immigrants will have on job prospects for America workers is not taken into account. Simply by virtue of a familial relationships, the United States admits large numbers of aliens who may compete unfairly with American workers.
Flooding American schools with non-English speaking children creates a hardship for school districts and the students who attend those beleaguered schools.
In December 2007 the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published an important report, “The Impact of Unauthorized Immigrants on the Budgets of State and Local Governments” that found that it costs between 20 percent and 40 percent extra to educate students who lack English language proficiency.
We need to take a moment to consider how insane the notion of providing green cards to extended family members of naturalized citizens truly is given how this impacts America and Americans.
To shed light on the absurdity of the false narrative created by the open borders/immigration anarchists that it is reasonable to provide green cards to extended family members to reunite families in the United States, we ought to consider that is not uncommon in America for children to grow up and voluntarily take jobs across the United States and even, outside the United States.
Those children are free to return home for holidays and to attend family functions. Similarly, members of their families may opt to travel to visit with them in their new homes across the United States.
This is comparable to the alien who makes the willful decision to immigrate to America. These immigrants and naturalized citizens are certainly free to travel back to their home countries to spend time with their families whenever they wish.
Additionally — and this is the part of the immigration issue that is never discussed — there are two forms of visas that can be granted to aliens: immigrant visas and non-immigrant visas.
Each year the United States provides approximately one million aliens with lawful immigrant status. Immigrant visas immediately place the alien on the pathway to citizenship. However, each year tens of millions of non-immigrant (temporary) foreign visitors are admitted into the United States as tourists, foreign students and authorized temporary workers.
Family members of naturalized citizens are free to travel to the United States, presuming that they have no criminal histories, or other such factors in their backgrounds, as non-immigrant visitors.
They can be granted tourist visas or, if they are citizens of one of the 38 Visa Waiver Countries, don’t require visas to spend up to 90 days in the United States to visit with their family members who have become naturalized citizens.
As tourists they may not work in the United States, but they certainly can spend time with their family members here.
Back when I was an Immigration Inspector at the beginning of my career with the INS it was not uncommon form many foreign visitors to travel to the United States on tourist visas to visit for a temporary period with their family members who had immigrated to the United States.
Today the news media and advocates for open border and immigration anarchy refuse to discuss this aspect of the lawful immigration program because it provides a “solution” to a problem that really does not exist.
Current immigration laws are not incompatible with the compassion of our nation.
Non-immigrant visas can enable families to be reunited in a way that does not undermine the lives and livelihoods of Americans and the sovereignty and security of our nation. However, this runs contrary to the immigration anarchists who are often improperly referred to as being “pro-immigrant” by the compliant globalist media.
EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in FrontPage Magazine.