Immigration vs. Illegal Immigration are two terms with two different meanings. People often confuse the pair. The standalone word, immigration, is a term used for people who took the steps to come to the United States legally. They are here on Visas and/or have since become citizens. If you are here legally, no one is going to haul you off in a paddy wagon to send you back to the country you came from.
Illegal immigration is a completely different term and apparently needs explaining. Illegal immigration means that the person is not here legally. It means that they have somehow snuck in, overstayed the Visa, or any other number of illegal entries into the country. That is why it is called illegal immigration. If you are here illegally and the government agencies find you, you are detained and sent back at the earliest date possible.
While Los Angeles and New York City, and perhaps other cities around the country, have already decided that they will be sanctuary cities. It is likely federal funding will be withheld from sanctuary cities, and that’s okay. That will save federal money to help in other areas of the country where it is sorely needed. These cities should also make certain that they urge the illegal immigrants to stay in the sanctuary city or they put their freedom at higher risk.
People are already having hissy fits about this. I hear screams for anarchy, civil unrest, civil disorder, or whatever other word you want to use to describe it. This will result in the same thing that all of the other protests, etc. have resulted in. It will result in arrests, it will result in no results for what you are fighting for and if pushed too far, it could quite possibly turn to Civil War. That would be quite a shame, but if that’s what you want, keep pushing until the other side pushes back. When they start pushing back, you may regret that you pushed so hard. Would it be too hard to consider why these moves are in the best interest of the United States?
We should cover the wall first. The cost of the wall will ultimately go to Mexico. They may not reach in their pockets and hand over the cash, but they could pay for it in many other ways, and I can bet a dollar to a donut that President Trump already has it figured out. Think of it as arm wrestling. One has bigger muscles than the other. The muscle, in this case, is funding, trades, etc. The benefits mostly go to Mexico from the United States. We aren’t required to send them any type of funding. If they refuse to pay, that’s okay because they will pay in other ways. There’s more than one way to skin a cat.
The next obstacle people see is that the wall might stop them from stepping over, but won’t keep them from coming under. Trump has that covered already. He’s been saying it from the start. The wall will not be built level with the ground. It will go rather far underground. He definitely has it covered.
The next monkey-wrench people enjoy throwing out there is the fact that people don’t just come over the borders. True, we agree on that. They come in ways you would think are impossible, but that is something that will change as well. Why? Because catch and release no longer applies. If they are caught, they aren’t released. They go into holding and are processed as quickly as possible and returned to their home country. Catch and release was a bad policy that simply allowed illegals to come in and stay at their leisure. I can hear you saying, “what’s wrong with that”. Bear with me.
We all know that immigration reform is not going to completely rid us of illegals. It still should be enforced because it will change the face of America in a good way, even if you don’t see the end result now.
Problems Related to Illegal Immigration:
Drug Trafficking— Do drugs only come from Mexico? No, we know that. We also know that a tremendous amount of illegal drugs do come over the border from Mexico. Don’t worry, we also know that there is a serious issue with prescription drugs, and there are plans in action for this as well. What we are talking about here are the other deadly drugs. I’m not sure about you, but I know I am sick and tired of seeing teenagers, young adults and even some older people dying from drug addiction problems. I don’t care what way we work to stop it as much as possible as long as we do it. If that means a wall, and if that means catch, retain, return, so-be-it.
Human Trafficking— People are coming over our borders and vice versa, for the sole purpose of human trafficking. People, usually young people, very often children. This is unacceptable and should be to anyone in this country. These “stolen people” disappear, it seems, into thin air. It is virtually impossible to find and/or stop without some border control. That means a wall and other means of controlling who comes into the country and who doesn’t. Safety for our children, teenagers and young adults comes first in my mind.
Criminality— By no means do the majority of illegal immigrants commit criminal acts. On the other hand, many of them do. We have enough problems with our own citizens without having to arrest and put them in the system, send them to court, and house them during the term of their commitment. The majority of prisons in the United States are and have been in overflow for years. That is one of the reason that people are released so far ahead of their actual release date. There are rapists, murderers and thieves who are United States citizens. No one is arguing that. What we are arguing is that a pound of prevention is better than a cure. Again, there are enough problems with our own citizens without having to deal with people who have not come here legally.
Government Aid— Like it or not, millions of dollars in government funding goes to aid illegal immigrants. Schooling, housing, food stamps, cash assistance and medical. It is a fact and if you deny it, you are only lying to yourself. Those millions of dollars in assistance each year are needed in the United States because we are going broke. It is not fair that our senior citizens and our vets are consistently screwed, but it is made worse when the money that should go to things to aid vets and seniors is going to people who are not here legally. Like it or not, America First! These resources going to illegal immigrants gives them incentives to be here illegally and we leave the vets without housing and with poor healthcare, and senior citizens without the ability to pay for all of their medications that help them stay alive.
Employment— This is a two-part deal. Employers who can get away with hiring illegals do so because it’s cheap labor. No doubt that illegals will often do what “Americans” won’t, so they say, are hard workers with drive. The main reason that employers hire them is because they can get away with paying them sub-par wages. Then there is the “they pay taxes” argument. That doesn’t really apply here because you don’t pay taxes when you are not hired legally. It’s all “under the table” work. There are no records of the employee because they are illegal. No taxes, no contribution to the welfare system that is currently being drained dry. That’s a problem that will take a long time to fix as well. Far too many people, citizens, are living off of welfare. We need the jobs that are often taken by illegal immigrants. We need the incentives that illegal immigrants currently get, and that is the ability to find gainful employment so they can get off the welfare rolls.
Overall Economy— The economy sucks in many parts of the country. People are fighting to get jobs, which goes to my point in the last paragraph. Now we have a problem of fighting illegal immigrants for jobs. Many illegal immigrants do not spend their money here in the states. They most often send money back to Mexico to their families, thus it boosts the economy of Mexico, not the United States. Again, America First!
Legal Immigration— The final point is that people attempting to come into the United States in order to gain citizenship are not getting a fair shake. They have worked towards coming in legally. It is not fair to give illegal immigrants the chance to be citizens when there are so many waiting their turn in order to do it the proper way. The people on the waiting list are not just being held back because of the red tape to get in; illegal immigrants also hold them back. Red tape is also on the President’s list as well. He plans on making the process a little easier, a lot friendlier and even more quickly than it currently is.
Illegal means criminal no matter how you look at it. When the borders were open for people to come in through Ellis Island, the United States was in a better position to handle it. Right now, we are not in that position. Things have gotten out of hand here. We have to work on getting back to the thriving country we once had. The problems have only been getting worse and until we get it under control, that’s not going to change. Fight it as much as you want, but be prepared for an eventual push back from people who are sick and tired of not being able to find sustainable work. Illegal immigrants are part of that problem and that is something that has kept some parts of the country in a never-ending cycle of poverty. No longer. Enough is enough and if you are one of those who believe that you can bully the rest of us who have felt forgotten for years, you are sorely mistaken.
Not everything is about LBGTQ rights. That has been a priority for years. Women’s rights have been priority for years. There is nothing wrong with wanting things to be better in those areas, but something has got to give when the other end of the spectrum have not felt like a priority in as long as they can remember. Other things are now taking priority. A spur in job growth, backing the military and police forces that keep us safe, families who are struggling to survive, healthcare issues (yes, including repeal of ACA along with replacement with something all Americans can afford), and law and order in a country running rampant with crime. You’ve a right to your opinions and I’ve a right to mine. This is an op-ed piece and should be taken as such except in areas that I have given sources to back it up.