by Lou Binninger
Most all countries maintain borders and have rules on who gets in, how long they stay and why. Nations are not congenial to foreign lawbreakers.
While stuck in immigration at the Saigon airport a few years back due to a clerical error on Vietnam’s part the options were clear, return to Hong Kong or pay money to redo the visa. No negotiations pay-up or get out.
A school friend in the late 1960’s was arrested moving hashish through Europe and did a few years in a Spanish prison. When released he returned home fluent in Spanish. No whining. He did the crime and suffered the consequences.
The other night when talking with a Mexican single mother fighting deportation after being incarcerated for selling a pound of meth, she heartily agreed that “justice” south of the US border was neither fair nor humane. She is among hundreds of thousands fighting deportation after committing a crime while in the US legally or illegally.
Sitting next to her was an illiterate mother of four from El Salvador who had been arrested in San Francisco as El Salvador claimed she was wanted for a crime there. She could neither write nor read English or Spanish. She had been living in California collecting benefits for 7 years.
Incarcerated men are fighting deportation after serving time for multiple DUIs, domestic violence, assaulting law enforcement, homicide, drug dealing and sexual assault etc. Since they are not US citizens their crimes have nullified any permission to be here.
Thousands after serving their sentences have stayed for years in deportation facilities because they are waiting for their day in overburdened courts before too few immigration judges. They could be released to their homeland anytime but they want to win the “benefits lottery.”
At an estimated minimum cost of $100 per night stay not counting court costs, bureaucracy and transporting them back and forth to court the current crisis is costing millions a day due to a broken immigration processing system and liberals fighting all efforts to stop the chaos.
It is easy to find clips on You Tube of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid and Barack Obama all opposing an invasion of illegals, citizenship for anchor babies and notions of amnesty. Then there was a change. Liberals realized lawlessness and a borderless country was the path to permanent Democrat control.
Today, illegal immigration has the country at a breaking point in terms of challenging the Constitution, no respect for the law, little assimilation into the American way of life, lower standard of living, poorer quality of health and a breakdown in societal order.
Consider the Sanctuary State of California, once fairly conservative. Today, one out of every four residents in California is now foreign-born. No California Republican has been elected to statewide office since 2006. The conservative middle class is leaving as ultra-rich liberals pay to sustain the largest poor population in America.
The now solidly blue states of the American Southwest ---Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, voted red in 2004 for George W. Bush. No longer, progressives get it. Open borders are good long-term liberal politics. Closed borders and legal immigration are politically neutral.
The main stream media mock law enforcement and advocate with liberal politicians to eliminate ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). No border patrol combined with politicians forbidding local law enforcement to work with the federal government is the catalyst for chaos.
In 2018, ICE agents arrested 158,581 illegal aliens, surpassing the more than 140,000 arrests made in 2017 and the 110,100 arrests in the last year of President Obama’s tenure. Of the almost 160,000 illegal aliens, 66 percent were convicted criminals or those with pending criminal charges or about 140,000 of those detained.
Between September 2017 and October 2018, ICE agents arrested just over 6,600 convicted murderers and convicted sex offenders who were in the United States illegally.
Of that total, 4,975 of the illegal aliens arrested were convicted sex offenders. The other 1,641 had been convicted of homicide. Another 1,913 had pending sex offense charges against them, while 387 had pending murder charges against them.
Liberals oppose the wall, saying it just won’t work. However, it’s just the opposite. They oppose the wall because it will work very well. Walls keep millions of Chinese from fleeing to Hong Kong and protect Israel from Palestinian insurgents.
Building the wall will save billions of dollars now spent on a chaotic deportation process, dangerous criminals, benefits for noncitizens and unscreened people spreading diseases. It will also save the lives of illegals abandoned in the wilderness.