If America changes one American law to accommodate those who immigrate here illegally, America may as well prepare to change many more laws to suit an unruly populous. Weve all seen and heard the numerous stories about millions of migrants defiantly entering the country to avoid a timely naturalization process.
Undocumented and Illegal Immigrants do have a Road Map to U.S. Citizenship, they just don’t choose to follow it. Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, “Improper Entry by Alien,” any citizen of any country other than the United States; who enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime. Such entry is a misdemeanor and, if repeated, becomes punishable as a felony. (www.americanpatrol.com)
There are hundreds of news stories about identity theft, boldly driving without licenses and car insurance, using fake identification and social security cards, and breaking several other laws that land them in already overwhelmed court and prison systems. Weve all heard the stories about illegal immigrants, typically gang bangers, who murder American citizens. And, of course, there are the notorious drug cartels infiltrating border communities and committing heinous crimes against people and humanity. No other country in the world has allowed such an atrocity.
Immigration and Nationality Act Section 237 (a)(1)(B) says: Any alien who is present in the United States in violation of this Act or any other law of the United States is deportable. (US Dept. of Justice) Apologists for illegal immigration like to paint it as a victimless crime. But in fact, illegal immigration causes substantial harm to American citizens and legal immigrants, particularly those in the most vulnerable sectors of our population–the poor, minorities, and children. (www.americanpatrol.com)
The cost to government is staggering. Most of the cost for immigration is paid by the states and municipalities, but a lot is paid for by the federal government too. Our 2010 study, “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers,” found a burden of $ 28.795 billion annually at the federal level overshadowed by outlays of $ 84.211 billion at the state and local level. The illegal aliens contribute some taxes, but not as much as would be collected if Americans and other legal workers were doing those jobs. (http://www.fairus.org)
Power in Numbers
How did we allow this to happen? Why are we politically, socially, and structurally at risk for allowing illegal immigration to get out of hand? More than 30 years of amnesty and looking the other way have created a problem so huge that government is at odds trying to figure out how to handle more than 13 million people living here against the laws of the land. In a coercive manner, and in great numbers, millions of illegal immigrants, their so-called American Citizen offspring, and their supporters justify their presence and insist that laws change to excuse them for breaking the law.
People who immigrated here illegally in the past are now deeply rooted and they are in positions of power; they are the authorities, especially in border states/cities. Many have become successful. It is their wealth, education, knowledge, and success that support those (family, friends, and associates) who are here illegally. Powerful, wealthy groups such as MALDEF, and organizations such as La Raza, have gathered in support of those already here illegally. In solidarity, these organizations covertly invite more illegal immigrants to come.
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is a non-profit and non-partisan advocacy group in the United States. It is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States and serves all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country. NCLR serves its constituency by means of its Affiliates, nearly 300 community-based organizations. The NCLR is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and maintains eight regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.” (http://wikipedia.org/National_Council_of_La_Raza)
The Catholic Church functions as a super highway for illegal immigrants, catering to their needs and offering advice that teaches how to get pass the roadblocks that hamper their presence. When Cardinal Roger Mahony proclaimed that he would order archdiocesan priests and others to ignore the law with respect to illegal aliens, he raised more than just a few eyebrows; in fact, he threw down a gauntlet. If estimates are correct and indeed some 40 percent of immigrants are Catholic, it stands to reason that the Catholic Church must show a vested interest in protecting these newcomers. (Yahoo Contributor Network, Sylvia Cochran, Commentary)
Is there a Trojan Horse in the midst? Similar to the events that occurred in the famous tale of the Trojan War, the Greeks pretended to sail away from the great city of Troy and left behind a Trojan Horse. The Trojans pulled the great wooden horse into their city only to find that it was Greek soldiers who took control of government. The United States is similar to the City of Troy. Its Trojan Horse is the power of illegal immigration that came from the shadows to take control and coerce changing laws that have worked fine, naturalizing more citizens than any other country in the world.
Compassion and Sympathy
Is illegal immigration a national issue? Illegal immigration has become a flashpoint in political debate as it impacts on jobs for Americans, adds to the fiscal burden on U.S. taxpayers, and impacts school systems, neighborhoods and quality of life issues. Illegal Alien Population (2008 FAIR est.) 13,000,000 Cost of Illegal Immigration (2010 FAIR est.) $ 113,006,000,000 Projected Population – 2025 (2006 FAIR) 460,685,000 (http://www.fairus.org) It reasons to say that this is a national problem.
Why? Compassion! Despite the judgment of other countries, America is the beautiful, land of the free; O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee; and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea! We care! There is no other country that cares about this issue more than America. Even though Mexico and other South American countries show concern, they promote illegal immigration, providing a means and a way, rather than helping to seal a porous border.
America is compassionate to the children of illegal immigrants born here hoisted into the debate. Legislation such as the Dream Act – The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act – caters to the children of illegal immigrants. Surely, America has gone above and beyond to understanding and empathizes; for more than 30 years, American government has exemplified love and charity, turning a cheek to the continued illegalities that have created a divided government. Numerous issues have risen created by and associated to illegal immigration.
If every undocumented worker and illegal immigrant would adhere to the current immigration laws on the books, though lethargic and confusing, there wouldnt be a problem. What makes this whole debate so ugly is that there are children involved. Children are used as pawns to justify a continued and growing population that defy laws of this land, breaking laws, ordinances, codes, rules, principles, mandates and other American legislation on an as needed basis.
When children and economic deprivation are at issue, sensitivities and emotions are heightened. Civil unrest, city and government dysfunction, and violence permeate the issue. It is unreasonable to say that approximately 14 million people should be deported. Then, what is America to do? Are the children of illegal immigrants really legal citizens? Should those here illegally pay some type of dues? Is America doomed to fail its citizenry here legally and/or illegally?
Government Must Govern
Albeit uncomfortable, the U.S. government must govern with authority and direction. Both sides of this issue must be considerate of one other. Those here illegally must answer to the laws they have broken until those laws are changed. Illegal immigrants and there followers must see past themselves to consider the affects illegal immigration have had on American citizens, especially those in poor communities who have lost jobs, housing, goods, benefits, and services due to an influx of people vying for space and income.
African American citizens who were already struggling to make ends meet have been denied housing and jobs in what was once their communities. The power in numbers and the force of illegal immigration has taken control. In competition there is hostility and racism against blacks prevails as employment is awarded to immigrant friends and families first and foremost. Additionally, there have been years of racial tensions brewing in overcrowded prison systems populated by Latino gang members who openly boast their hate and disdain for blacks.
If there were a Latino president in office, you can bet any amount that such a person would take his own race into careful consideration, first. Unfortunately, most black politicians and city officials do not take into consideration the affects continued illegal immigration has on impoverished black communities. Absolutely nothing is said or done to address this issue by any Latino organizations or the federal government. Even blacks are silent and fearful of repercussions.
Where is comprehensive government and reform when it doesnt take all its citizens into consideration? Lost behind the power of Hispanic congress, wealthy special interest groups coerce government to make changes to existing immigration protocol that has made America a melting pot of people from all over the world. In a warning shot to the next Congress, Obama signaled that he would vocally oppose any legislation that would be seen as violating our values both as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants …” (www.politico.com/news)
Get in the back of the line is not comprehensive immigration reform. It is letting millions of people get away with breaking several laws. The answer is to enforce the current laws. States such as Arizona and Kentucky, for example, have created stiffer penalties for those breaking laws, and consequences to companies that hire cheap labor. Anyone that has immigrated to the U.S. illegally with the last 10 years should be provided guidance to adhering to the laws of the land.
A house divided will fall American government and its people. A house overcrowded will fall unemployment, poverty, and crime. A house socially torn will wither away Americas illegal immigration. If one house rule is broken to reward wrong, several other broken rules will follow.
Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn’t. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may. ~Mark Twain
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