A sign has been posted on the border that separates the United States from one of its two geographical neighbors. Its message is clear and unmistakeable. It reads simply:
It is illegal to cross the border here or any place other than a Port of Entry.
You will be arrested and detained if your cross here.
That sign was not posted on the border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico on the southern U.S. border.
You may also be surprised to know that the sign was not erected by President Trump or Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
It was not erected by any official of the DHS such as the Director of the U.S. Border Patrol, nor was the sign posted by any official of any government agency in the United States on the federal, state or local level.
That sign was not posted by any civilian group in the United States angered and frustrated by the decades old failures of the United States to secure its borders against the entry of international terrorists, transnational criminals, and foreign workers who routinely displace American and lawful immigrant workers and suppress the wages of those Americans and lawful immigrants who are fortunate enough to not lose their jobs to the foreign interlopers.
That sign was, however, posted by Canadian authorities on Canada’s southern border to deter aspiring illegal aliens in the United States from entering Canada illegally.
Illegal immigration from the United States to Canada has increased, as the Canadian newspaper, The Star, reported on May 14, 2018: Number of asylum seekers jumped 30 per cent in April.
The Star report noted that while in a typical month an estimated 1,500 illegal aliens enter Canada from the United States (without inspection) in April 2,479 had arrived in Quebec.
The Canadian response, according to that news report, was provided in this excerpt from the article:
Last month, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said he intended to travel to Nigeria in an attempt to spread the message that people who arrive in Canada and to not meet the threshold required for obtaining political asylum will be returned to their countries.
Nigeria is currently one of the largest source countries for refugee claimants entering Canada. Ottawa has previously dispatched ministers to spread similar messages in the Haitian and Central American diaspora communities in the United States.
It is important to note that Canadian officials were admitted into the United States to warn members of ethnic immigrant communities in the United States that if members of those communities were to enter Canada illegally they would face deportation.
Could you imagine how Mexico would react if the Trump administration sought permission to have U.S. government officials enter Mexico to warn Mexicans and members of Mexico’s ethnic immigrant communities that they should not seek to enter the United States without inspection because they would face arrest and deportation if they made that attempt?
Could you imagine the riots that would likely be orchestrated by the Mexican government to protest the notion of America not welcoming in anyone and everyone no matter who they are or what their backgrounds are?
In fact, let’s not forget what Nancy Pelosi had to say in numerous speeches in which she castigated immigration law enforcement officers and those who support efforts to secure America’s borders and enforce U.S. immigration law.
Consider Pelosi’s record-setting 8 hour speech on immigration on February 7, 2018 from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives as reported by ABC News.
On March 13, 2018 Fox News reported on Acting ICE Director Tom Homan’s response to Pelosi’s outrageous slander against ICE agents, accusing them of carrying out “cowardly attacks against immigrants” for doing their job.
Going back to that sign warning about illegal entry into Canada, not one member of the mainstream media has accused the Canadian government of posting that sign out of hatred for America or Americans for discouraging illegal immigration from the United States.
President Trump has not accused the Canadian government of demonstrating hatred or bigotry the way that a succession of Mexican presidents have accused the U.S. government for enforcing U.S. immigration laws or making any effort to secure America’s southern border.
However, any time anyone in the United States suggests that America should seal its borders by whatever strategy is deemed effective is unhesitatingly castigated and charged with being racists, nativists or xenophobes by all too many politicians, pundits and supposed “journalists.”
Here is a particularly disgusting case in point.
New York Magazine’s April 11, 2017 edition contained an article, Sessions Calls for Prosecution of Those Who ‘Harbor’ Undocumented ‘Aliens,’ which included the following infuriating excerpt:
On Tuesday, Sessions issued a memo calling on federal attorneys to ramp up the prosecution of undocumented immigrants (or “aliens,” as he calls them in the memo) for identity fraud, document theft, and fraudulent marriages. He also implored federal prosecutors to crack down on those who “harbor” undocumented immigrants, and instructed the Justice Department to pursue felony charges against immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally on more than one occasion.
To celebrate the DOJ’s draconian new guidance, Sessions took a trip to the border town of Nogales, Arizona. There, he broke the bad news to your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
The title of the New York Magazine article placed quotation marks around the terms “harbor” and “aliens” as though they were slang terms. In point of fact, the term harbor is a legal term. In fact, a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) includes (8 U.S. Code § 1324) a section of law that specifically addresses the felony known as harboring:
(iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.
As for the term “Alien,”
Section 101 of the INA contains legal definitions. This section of law defines “Alien” as follows:
(3) The term “alien” means any person not a citizen or national of the United States.
There is no insult in the term alien, only clarity, the clarity that the open borders/immigration anarchists seek to avoid at all costs.
Finally, the additional crimes of identity fraud, document theft, and fraudulent marriages are felonies no matter who commits those crimes and, as I have written in numerous articles and in my testimony before a number of Congressional hearings, those crimes were frequently committed by international terrorists, including the 9/11 hijackers, to enter the United States and embed themselves in communities around the U.S. as they went about their deadly preparations.
The deceptive use of language employed by Eric Levitz, the “journalist” who wrote that article for New York Magazine to paint a false and very misleading picture, should properly earn that malfeasant “journalist” the title of “propagandist.”
Actual journalists are supposed to be as objective and dispassionate as possible, particularly in reporting on issues that may engender emotions. Propagandists, on the other hand, take sides on controversial issues.
It is clear that, at least on the immigration issue, that Mr. Levitz is incapable of being objective and even-handed. He has betrayed his professional responsibility.
Unfortunately, Levitz is hardly unique. There is no shortage of other supposed “journalists” who frequently resort to Orwellian use of language substituting “Newspeak” for English.
However, if these supposed “journalists” are all about open borders, why have they not attacked Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau for Canada’s current opposition to illegal immigration?
Since Nancy Pelosi has made clear her disdain for valiant American law enforcement officers who enforce our nation’s immigration laws, the obvious question is why has she not spoken out against Canada’s policies aimed at securing its borders against illegal immigration?
New York’s Governor Cuomo has promised to protect “immigrants” from immigration law enforcement authorities and at a raucous news conference recent beat his chest declaring “I am undocumented- arrest me!” This outrageous incident was ably discussed in a recent NY Post editorial, Andrew Cuomo’s ‘undocumented’ imagination.
If Governor Cuomo is so outraged with the notion of enforcing immigration laws and securing international borders against unlawful entry, why didn’t he chastise Canada’s Prime Minister for being unfair for literally and figuratively drawing a line against illegal immigration?
After all, New York State lies along the U.S./Canadian border.
Consider the indignant statements made by globalist U.S. politicians who have attacked President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions when Sessions declared that he would send prosecutors to the U.S. Mexican border to prosecute aliens who enter the United States without inspection.
Consider the mayors of “Sanctuary Cities” who harbor and shield illegal aliens from detection by ICE and, in so doing, undermine national security and public safety.
Consider the demonstrations staged by hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who somehow routinely emerge from the mythical shadows in which they are supposedly hiding, to denounce the government of the United States for insisting on creating secure borders to insure U.S. sovereignty.
National borders are far more than mere “lines in the sand.” All too many national borders were drawn, not in ink or crayon, but blood.
EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in FrontPage Magazine.