Illegal Immigration and Sanctuary Cities

Written March 13, 2017

Tho today’s post may seem like a rant, but i assure you it’s not. I write this as more of a wake up call so that we can discuss this issue without yelling or shouting the other person down.

A president in the not to distant past once said, “We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.” Believe it or not, it was former Democratic President Bill Clinton.  He said that in his 1995 State of the Union speech. And whether or not I liked him as a president, he was absolutely spot on with his statement.  The only problem is that, to me, it seems as though the laws that are already in place have not been enforced.

There are two things that I never thought would cause such divisiveness in our country. Illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. I can hear the groans and “stuff” now. “This all started when President Trump started making racist remarks on the campaign trail.” Actually, no. Illegal immigration started decades, actually a century or so ago when immigration quotas were set and other nationalities were restricted from coming here. At that time they came from all over the world. However, the immigration from Mexico, Central America and other southern countries has never really stopped. Unfortunately, since then, problems arose like the importation of drugs, criminals(sometimes violent), so called “anchor babies”, and the burden that illegal immigration has put on our economy started in the early 21st century – before President Trump even announced he was running.

Why is this such a problem and why do these issues divide our country so sharply? There are numerous reasons(usually political) why these topics divide us. Today, however, I’d like to focus on the criminals who come here illegally. These are people who violate the law in the first place by coming here and staying. Some of them probably started their criminal career in their own country but then they go on to commit them here.

Like many others in the country, I’m not against immigration.  I’m even ok with illegal immigration especially when they are productive members of our society. Now I know that obviously not all illegal immigrants are criminals. Many of them are good, hard working, law abiding people. Many of them contribute to the economy but there are also many who live on our welfare system and don’t even try to better their lives. These are the ones that I, and perhaps others like me, can turn a blind eye to. What I and many people(a number that’s growing each day) do not want are the bad ones in our communities.

The problem I have with people who come here illegally or stay longer than they are legally allowed to, is when they commit crimes, deal drugs, and use up government assistance that is meant for citizens – including legal immigrants – of this country. Worse yet are the cities and other places that declare themselves a sanctuary city, etc. This basically means that if you’re illegal you’ll be safe there from the federal government coming to take you away…even when you’ve committed a heinous crime or give poison to our children.

Immigrating to this country is welcomed, especially when it’s done the legal way. It’s also a privilege not a right. We have laws that govern immigration  – no matter what country you come from. These laws protect American citizens and the economy. Would you go to Sweden, China, France, or any other country and expect them to just give you whatever assistance or entitlements they may have? Better yet, would you expect that country to excuse you when you break one of their laws, in particular murder? No? Then why are we giving those who come here illegally the rights and entitlements that belong to the citizens of this country?

The other day I read an article where the author put this topic in a better perspective. I’ve highlighted the more important parts of it. A particular Congress person was, “accused…of putting illegal immigrants ahead of veterans who have served the country…to thumb [their] nose at America and Americans by providing comfort to anyone other than the American Citizen and our US Veterans…Those elected officials…[have a] lack of understanding between illegal immigrants and those who are legally waiting in line is shameful and rife with their own self-interest”.

This is where I get confused. I know there are many bleeding hearts out there. Heck, I’m one of them. I can understand protecting illegal immigrants who are productive members of society and are not causing problems. Why do people and their communities protect those who are here illegally AND give poison to our children or commit murder, rape and other heinous crimes? Are we a country of laws or a country of law breakers?

Thought for the day: You have a lock on your door, right? You probably only let people into your home that you know and aren’t going to cause trouble, right? That is why we need to do things like building a wall and vet(really get to know) people coming into our country. Think about it, if you wouldn’t let a murderer, rapist or drug dealer into your home, why are we letting them into and staying in our country and cities?

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