Currently, the U.S. Capitol is more formidable and better defended against its own citizens than our southern border is to illegals immigrants. Do you think it is easier to meet with your elected member of Congress or gain asylum at the border?
Immigration is a part of this great nation; a Republic founded on attracting seekers of liberty and opportunity. Yet, current enforcement and future policy seeks to support and legitimize illegal entry and residency.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is planning for 117,000 unaccompanied (under 18) illegal aliens to cross the U.S. -Mexican border this year. Breitbart reports that will be almost a fourfold increase over this year. Border issues are growing and the policy directions are an intentional 180 from those under President Trump. Of all recent, illegal border crossers, 6.3% have tested positive for coronavirus.
American schoolchildren are restricted from federally and state mandated full-time, compulsory education; while increasing numbers of illegal immigrants, some carrying the very virus used to shutter American liberty; are beckoned.
Immigration is a fundamental characteristic of the American experience. Thomas Paine once called America an “asylum for mankind”. However, legal immigration that is process-based was fair throughout American History, despite outliers like the Immigration Quota and Chinese Exclusion Acts. Yet, Paine also spoke of America’s strength in other words:
““It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel the force of all the world”
― Thomas Paine, Common Sense
Should we heed Paine’s advice and strengthen our Republic by enabling current citizens to exercise freedom and explore opportunities for economic and social success? Immigration has always been restricted in some forms, yet immigration has highlighted why America is exceptional. No other country in modern times has attracted more immigrants. From legal applicants for citizenship to asylum seekers forming caravans in Central America; the question is not ‘should there be immigration?’ Rather, it is a matter of enforcing existing laws and preserving America and the opportunities that still attracts those wanting a better life. As America rebounds, the country can increase immigrant quotas proportional to growth and availability of resources while welcoming legal applicants the way America always has done.