OVERRUN AND OVERWHELMED BY ILLEGAL ALIENS AND SANCTUARY CITIES
From “In Defense of Rural America“
By Ron Ewart, President of the
National Association of Rural Landowners
and nationally recognized author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues
Copyright Sunday, January 22, 2017 – All Rights Reserved
Last week we described how “Sanctuary Cities Slap Every Lawful American in the Face.” But sanctuary cities are just a symptom of a much larger problem. That larger problem lies in the grossly negligent, if not criminal mismanagement of the existing immigration system and immigration law, by the federal government. It is also embodied in the unconstitutional, irrational compassion displayed by liberal Americans and politicians over the plight of the nation’s poor, minorities, or illegal immigrants, millions of whom want to live off billions of American taxpayer dollars through government-enforced charity.
In reality, most, if not all of the problems of America can be solved with fairly simple solutions, if it wasn’t for the fact that those problems were obfuscated and clouded by a special interest agenda, or a bunch of politicians looking to pander to some group for votes, money, or an easy path to re-election. Never mind common sense or constitutional principles, or what a normal, reasonable and prudent person knows what is right.
Only government can make things complicated, ambiguous and essentially impossible to implement, much less understand. Only government can take a simple solution and convert it into 2,000 pages of double speak, political correctness and legal mumbo-gumbo, that would take a gaggle of outrageously high-paid lawyers to unravel, or find fertile grounds for never-ending lawsuits. Only government can manufacture a complex solution when there is already a simple solution available to us by just enforcing current laws.
Such is the case with illiterate, non-English speaking, illegal aliens that are pouring into this country by the millions, taking jobs, importing drugs, sexual slaves and other crimes, bringing in diseases America has eradicated years ago, over-whelming every social service offered by government and adversely “coloring” the political landscape.
Prior to Trump becoming President, we had an exchange with a gentleman who took issue with our stand on illegal immigration. This exchange illustrates the wide divide between opposing positions and perhaps why the problem hasn’t been resolved. To set the stage, this gentleman is a farmer and a recent legal immigrant from Europe and probably a liberal. Perhaps these characteristics are a window to his position and bias. The following message outlines the basis for his arguments. Our response follows his message.
“I do not have to remind you that the 6 million Jews were exterminated through rounding them up through the help of employers, regulated by the government. Visit the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, if you will, but if you deny 12 million people (or more) to make a living, they will resort to begging and stealing!!”
“So here is the simple solution: All of the illegal immigrants have to get a sponsor who will take care of them so that they are not a burden to society. (Employers will find a way to organize that) They can get citizenship (under some formula) if they do the following: pay their taxes, learn English, integrate in someway in US society, pay their debts and stay out of trouble (legally). So what is wrong with 12 million people who are working hard, which we need, because we do not want the jobs they do and which become citizens in due time?”
“The ‘illegal immigrants’ have become legal because of us not acting earlier.”
“Anyway, quit whining about it, but come up with the solution.”
We responded to this gentleman with the following:
“You have two biases that “color” your position. First, you are a farmer and second, you are a legal immigrant. But the American farmer is used to getting all kinds of government handouts for about 8 decades now from the American taxpayer, thanks to FDR. Maybe not you personally, but way too many farmers are receiving subsidies from our government that we get to pay for, when most farmers are profitable and do not need a subsidy. And even if they weren’t profitable, there is nothing in our Constitution that grants farmers the right to taxpayer-funded subsidies.
Now, the farmers get an additional handout from our government by a failed immigration policy that tolerates illegal immigration because illegal aliens will supposedly take jobs (in the agricultural industry) that Americans don’t want. That, of course, is pure bunk as they are also taking jobs in all kinds of other industries that Americans would definitely take ….. construction for one. Why? Cheap labor!
Long before illegal aliens came here to pick crops, as kids, we picked strawberries, loganberries and apples to earn pocket money. There are still a lot of American kids out there who would do the jobs at low wages, if those jobs weren’t being sucked up by illegal aliens, or regulated out of existence.”
“And to equate the situation with illegal aliens with what Hitler did in rounding up the Jews, is absolutely insulting, uncalled for and without merit.”
“The hard truth is that millions of Americans are tired of paying billions of their tax dollars every year to subsidize a group of people who seem to find it perfectly OK to thumb their collective noses at our laws and come here, uneducated and jump on America’s social services because they get paid so little by the agriculture industry, while educated immigrants who come here legally must wait years for citizenship. Further, illegal aliens come here with a socialist mindset and in large numbers are sure to turn this country socialistic if it wasn’t for the fact we are there already. How dare they come to this country illegally, trample on our laws and then protest in the streets by the hundreds of thousands for civil rights, amnesty and government services, all the while waving a Mexican Flag.”
“Do you have any idea what happens to a citizen of another country entering Mexico, protesting in the streets for government handouts? The Mexican government wouldn’t tolerate for one second what our Government tolerates daily, the cost of which is charged to the American taxpayer. It’s ludicrous, if not patently unjust! Americans cannot bear the entire burden of the third-world poor on their paychecks.”
“And your last comment about ‘quit whining’ is also insulting. Many of us have offered solutions to the problem because it isn’t rocket science. All we have to do is enforce our current laws. However, we have five solutions that will provide almost immediate relief to this problem.”
- Close and protect our borders from infiltration by illegal aliens, drugs and terrorists, by whatever means, including physical force. If there were severe penalties for crossing our borders, there would be less of it.
- Enforce current law.
- Immediately deport all illegal aliens that are caught without documentation, no hearings, no nothing. They are not entitled to due process and no right exists that entitles them to driver’s licenses and government services.
- Punish employers who hire illegal aliens and make them responsible for proving citizenship of their employees. As an employer, we took validating citizenship very seriously. If there was any question, we investigated.
- As some states are doing now, stop all social benefits, education, bilingual services, emergency services and social services to any individual or family that is not a legal citizen of the United States unless here on a valid visa or green card and watch how fast they will self-deport.
“It is a tough stance but in the end we have learned that tough love is the best love and produces the best results, especially for an addiction by illegal aliens to American taxpayer-funded generosity. If these five things were vigorously implemented, the magnet for the illegal aliens coming here would mostly go away and so would the problem. A few states have already demonstrated that these solutions work. But then, when did our federal government do anything that was in the best interests of the American taxpayer, except pass laws to extract more taxes from them?“
“Your solution to get an American sponsor for 12 to 20 million illegal aliens is pie in the sky. It isn’t going to happen. In short, as we stated in our LAST ARTICLE, any benefits derived from illegal aliens are far outweighed by the negatives they cause and it has to stop or we will be overrun, if we haven’t been already.”
“We are not about to turn over America to people who break our laws and think they now deserve amnesty because they are allegedly hard working and industrious. If illegal aliens are allowed to break our laws, while legal Americans are forced to obey them (and pay through the nose for those who break the law) then the law becomes meaningless. When the law becomes meaningless chaos reigns. With chaos comes a police state.”
“And just because our government has tolerated the law breakers for all these years, does not justify continued law breaking and it does not eradicate the crime for those who committed them.”
Now some of you may agree with the good farmer, but the questions he raises are based on false premises and irrational compassion and the solutions he offers will lead to chaos and the eventual destruction of freedom and American sovereignty. Anyone who can’t see this is living in a virtual reality. We are not anti-immigrant, we are anti-breaking-the-law and rewarding lawbreakers with amnesty and unlimited social services that they don’t deserve and that legal Americans have to fund. When do you get it folks? Government has made you an indentured slave, at the point of a gun, to every illegal immigrant that crosses our borders and sucks up your tax dollars. If this continues, then Americans are nothing but chumps and puppets of an out-of-control, tyrannical government.
Illegal immigration has been festering in America since the ink was dry on the Constitution. Racial bias and ethnic purity, along with financial, economic and security fears have driven immigration policy right, left, up, down and inside out for well over 150 years, every time a wave of immigration hits American shores.
Government always reacts to immigration woes. It is never proactive. Government policies can inhibit or enhance legal and illegal immigration. Since President Johnson’s 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, government’s policies have essentially created several magnets to illegal immigration. President Reagan’s granting amnesty to over 3,000,000 illegal aliens without the enforcement of and severely penalizing illegal employment, just added to the magnets. President Obama’s immigration executive orders have just accelerated illegal immigration.
But the worst magnet was the bastardization of the 14th Amendment that created what is now known as “Anchor Babies” where any child born in America, from anywhere on the planet, automatically becomes a citizen of the United States, allowing extended families to legally join the “baby.”
Why do they come here? That’s simple. They are leaving hopelessly crime-ridden, socialist countries where war, poverty, hunger and corruption impact their daily existence. Consequently, when they come here, their mindset is already socialist and they are looking for free handouts from government because they believe that government owes them. Democrats are all too willing to use “our” money to oblige them, ever since FDR re-invented the Constitution in his own socialist image.
Like most liberals, those hundreds of thousands of women and others marching last Sunday against a Trump presidency, say they want “justice.” But their idea of justice is “free stuff” for free loaders and illegal aliens, on the back of the American taxpayer. Irrational compassion, at any cost, or for votes, will be the downfall of the American Republic.
Why aren’t these illegal aliens stopped at the borders? Because the federal government, especially under the Obama Administration, refused to adequately protect our borders and enforce our laws. Hopefully, Trump will reverse this long, expensive, tragic injustice perpetrated on lawful, tax-paying Americans. We wish him well and we sincerely hope he can break up an over 100-year old, fully entrenched, liberal “System” ….. before it’s too late.
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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America“. Ron is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (www.narlo.org), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, acting as an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. Affiliated NARLO websites are “SAVE THE USA” (http://www.stusa.us/) and “Getting Even With Government” (http://www.gewgov.com/). Ron can be reached for comment HERE.