I have grown frustratingly weary with the incessant diatribe and inane rhetoric of the Left and some Republicans that the border situation is a manufactured crisis and not worthy of our time to consider. They are wrong! Ronald Reagan said, “A country that cannot control its borders is not a country.” I keep hearing the argument that we are all citizens of the world and therefore borders are immoral. I disagree on so many levels it would take a very thick journal of thousands of pages to enumerate my reasons. I will exercise restraint and not make that attempt, for even if I did, I would miss some poignant points.
Our Border Patrol and ICE Agents continually sound the warning that our border situation is critical and dangerous. The commissioner for the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs, Kevin K. McAleenan declared to an audience in El Paso, Texas that our immigration system has reached a ‘breaking point’ due to the ‘unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis along our Southwest Border.’ Imagine that! El Paso native and current Democrat hopeful to become President insists that there is no border crisis and especially not in El Paso. The facts do not support Mr. Robert Francis ‘Beto’ O’Rourke, but he continues to flail his arms and make is fallacious claims.
Most of the citizens of El Paso, Texas know that Mr. O’Rourke is terribly wrong and that Mr. McAleenan is disturbingly right. At this juncture, the first quarter of the year 2019, more than 36,000 migrant families have arrived in the El Paso border region compared to 2,000 at the same time in 2018. That is 18 times as many. It is an increase of such epic proportions it should alarm everyone including those on the Left, but the media, politicians, and other activists dismiss it as inconsequential.
The number of unaccompanied children (those under 18) has risen from approximately 1,300 last year to over 5,000 this year. There were over 1,000 migrants taken into custody in El Paso in one day. A large group simply walked across the border and turned themselves in. Why? If they were trying to sneak in, why would the surrender themselves voluntarily? Why? The answer is our ‘broken immigration system’, much of which can be attributed to the former President Barack Hussein Obama. Please understand, I do not blame him totally because the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations contributed to the problem too.
Border apprehensions were expected to exceed 100,000 in the month of March alone! The April 9th report by the CBP is that we have seen an increase of 370% compared to 2018. That is not sustainable and could rightly be called an invasion. The Border Patrol agents and the facilities are taxed to the limit. The needed manpower and infrastructure including medical and detention facilities are inadequate. The Democrats in Congress have no desire to alleviate the problems faced by our agents but contend that this is a minor issue. They insist that all those people coming here illegally are simply looking for a better way of life and deserving of immediate and unrestrained entrance into our Republic.
But back to the question of why they would voluntarily turn themselves in? The answer lies in our ‘broken system’ and the standing policy advanced devotedly by the former president. By law, those families who cross the border and declare they are seeking asylum are given a document with their court hearing date on it and released into our country. That’s right, they simply walk across the border illegally, declare themselves to be seekers of asylum, and they gain free access to America! Why not come illegally? Why wait to go through the long and tedious process of legal immigration? Why wait, when you can gain immediate entry by breaking our laws? That is a preposterous policy and law, but it is where we are today in America.
What a wonderful world and situation for those seeking to gain free entry into the United States. The migrants, the smugglers, the terrorist, and the cartels all know our legal vulnerability and are taking advantage of it. The actual court appearance of those declaring for asylum will be years down the road, if ever. They know it! Even if their court date arrives there is a very large percentage that simply ignores the summons, and nothing is done. They know this too!
Who do I blame for this situation? Those coming here illegally? Not entirely. I don’t blame them for seeking to come to a country where they can be given government entitlements or find an avenue to achieve a better life. I do blame them for breaking our laws. But, who do I blame? I blame Congress! I blame the politicians of all stripes! I blame the liberal judges that have joined with Congress to cut legal holes in our border fence and effectively erase our Southern Border! I blame the sanctuary cities and states that encourage illegals to come and give them protection and cover! Sadly, many legal citizens become victims of crimes committed by those illegals in those sanctuaries, but to the liberals, those people are collateral damage and nothing to be overly concerned about.
The Left sees those illegals as a potential voting bloc for the Democrats and one of the reasons, if not the main reason, they support open borders. The Left is using every tactic they can muster as they attempt to subvert our Constitution and gain inordinate power and control. Power and Control are their real objectives and define their endgame.
America, we either control the border or we pay the price of the destruction of our Republic. If we continue the pathway of allowing illegals to gain legal entry, invite immigration without assimilation we will achieve the desired “fundamental transformation” advocated by Barack Obama and those of his ideological ilk. I am in favor of legal and justifiable immigration, but not blanket amnesty and the current travesty revealed in our immigration laws. We either need to demand Congress fix this or fix Congress by replacing those failing to do their jobs.
We must keep our eyes focused on the 2020 elections. We must keep our eyes on the prize of the Free Constitutional Republic. We must reject the snake-oil propaganda advancing the call for Socialism. We must stand firm in our defense of America and fight for Faith, Family, and Freedom!
God bless you and God bless America!