Some Hard Truths About Immigration
By: Thomas Lindaman
To put it mildly, we have a problem with illegal immigration in this country. As it stands, we have millions of Mexicans crossing the border into our country without any consideration to our laws and our country. But what we haven’t seen a lot of until recently is attention to the issue. Illegal immigration has been a major issue in border states like California and Texas, and it has blossomed into a national issue.
With the increased attention to the immigration issue, one would hope we would finally get some truth in the debate. Unfortunately, we aren’t. Instead, what we’re getting is spin, half-truths, and out and out lies from both sides of the debate, and it’s time for us to deal with the facts as they are, not as we wish them to be. Here is a list of hard facts to get you started.
1. The operative word in “illegal immigration” is “illegal.” Call them “undocumented workers” or any other politically correct term you want, but the fact is illegal immigrants are breaking our laws. That’s why they’re illegal immigrants, kids! Yet, we’re treating them with kid gloves and trying to turn our heads and pretend like they’re not there. Sorry, but they’re here, they’re breaking our laws, and we have to do something about it.
2. We brought the illegal immigration problem of today on ourselves. Economics tells us that whenever there is a need, there is a market that can be created. What the modern left has done is created an underclass of people that isn’t qualified for anything but menial labor, but thinks they deserve “good jobs.” Unfortunately, we have a number of people today who fit this bill. Since we’re not really picky these days about anything except high quality stuff at rock bottom prices, we are willing to overlook the means in order to get the ends we want. But make no mistake, the jobs we toss aside are great incentives for illegal immigrants to come over the border, make some money under the table, and send it home. And it will keep happening unless we recognize what we’re doing.
3. A fence or a wall along the border will not help. Pat Buchanan and others have suggested that we put a fence along the US-Mexico border as a means to stop illegal immigration. The problem is that a wall or a fence is a physical barrier, one that can be scaled, circumvented, or destroyed. If you look at the border as it stands now, there are many areas where the fence is weakened, short enough that it can be scaled, or has ways to get under or around it. What good would building a wall or fence do? It’s a nice PR move, but given the sophistication of the illegal immigrant network from arranging escape routes to getting fake documents to make the illegals seem legal, it would only be a temporary setback.
4. Politicians have a vested interest in keeping illegal immigration alive. One of the big questions many people have asked is “Why hasn’t Congress done anything about this situation?” It’s simple. Both major political parties use illegal immigration as an issue to keep the rank and file in line. Democrats play the race card and say any attempt to deport illegals is racist. Republicans play the national security card, lamenting over when al Qaeda will sneak across the US-Mexico border andattack us. And what’s more, both parties benefit from the illegal immigration issue. Democrats can sign up millions of ineligible voters thanks to the “Motor Voter” law that allows people to register to vote when they get their drivers licenses, and Republicans will see the issue as a way to attract Hispanic votes if they don’t do anything to stop the flow from across the border. But while the politicians play games, our country continues to be swarmed by illegal immigrants.
5. Illegal immigration isn’t a race issue; it’s a legal issue. One of the great pitfalls of the illegal immigration debate revolves around those who insist upon playing the race card. Supporters of allowing illegals amnesty or something similar keep saying, “The illegals just want to live the American Dream, so we shouldn’t deport them.” Well, last time I checked, the American Dream didn’t involve breaking the law and cheating people to get what you want. To say that those of us who want illegals deported feel that way out of racism is simply wrong and cheapens the debate. We don’t want all Mexicans to leave; just the ones intent on breaking our laws. We have no problems with those Mexicans who follow the rules and get here through legal channels. The ones who don’t are the problem. Which brings us to…
6. Illegal immigrants are starting to break more than just immigration laws. In case you haven’t been paying attention lately, illegal immigrants are starting to do more than just sneak across the border to get low-paying jobs. Some are actively involved in crimes ranging from drug trafficking to murder. And what happens when an illegal immigrant breaks a big law? We ship him or her off to prison, where he/she will spend our money enjoying a life at least ten times better than what he/she had in Mexico. These are not the hard workers just looking to live the American Dream, folks. These are people who have contempt for our laws from the word go.
7. We need to stop romanticizing immigration. We have an idealized, Hollywood view of immigration in this country. We think everyone from a foreign country is as they were from the turn of the 20th Century: hard-working, spirited, and ready to assimilate. Sorry, but that’s not the case anymore. Today’s immigrants by and large work hard, but they don’t want to assimilate to our culture. They want us to bend over backwards for them, and far too often we do. The pro-illegal immigration side uses this to their advantage by trying to blur the lines between legal and illegal immigrants, thus making them appear to be all the same. Doing that is intellectually dishonest, though, as there is a league of difference between the two.
I’m sure there are other uncomfortable truths about the illegal immigration issue that I haven’t covered, but this should be enough for you to chew on for now. I never said getting your head around the issue would be easy, but honesty is the only policy we can afford to use here. Our country’s future may depend on it.
Thomas Lindaman is a Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets. He is also Publisher of CommonConservative.com.