Border / Immigration

As the son of immigrants, I am grateful that America welcomed my parents to be part of this great country. Of course, my parents needed a sponsor and a job to ensure they would not be a burden to other Americans. Upon arrival, my parents accepted the culture, learned English, and sent a son to defend our country. Today, many people seem not to understand the distinction between legal and illegal immigration. While America’s need for immigrants cannot be denied, neither can our need to carefully vet those entering our country.

Much of the heated debate about border enforcement is unnecessary. Americans agree that we do not want terrorism, weapon and drug smuggling, nor child sex trafficking to happen. We also cannot have people sneaking across without any kind of vetting process. Would anybody you know allow a stranger to walk into their house and stay without knowing them? The same should go for our country. In fact, America is kind to immigrants, allowing millions a year. However, every country sets caps on how many people it can accept, based on employment opportunities and current economic data. 

Further, we need to eliminate economic incentives the Federal government offers to some in this country who are illegally here. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, when people know that by coming here they can get free help using medical, food, and welfare benefits, why would they not come? Once we remove these economic benefits, those who do not truly love America will return to the countries they came from. Second, we are $21 trillion dollars in debt and we cannot afford it. There is not enough money to go around. We do a poor job of taking care of Americans who are in need, which puts a heavy strain on our efforts to help our immediate American neighbors, as our resources are stretched thin. While many citizens seem to be against having a wall on our borders, it is still true that “Good fences make good neighbors.” Most of the rich and famous who protest the border wall have huge fences for privacy around their mansions. Why then is it worth less to protect the privacy, security, and property of the average American?

When the American colonists were under the oppressive British government, we fought a revolution to free ourselves from tyranny. Others should follow our example if they want change within their own country. However, you cannot expect to begin productive lives in this country while violating the laws by entering here illegally. It just won’t work.

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