There is something to be said for removing the welcome mat! Illegal immigration across the southwest border is down more than 60 percent under President Trump even before the first new agent is hired or the first mile of his promised border wall is constructed.
For probably the one hundredth time I will state that I am not opposed to immigration. I am opposed to ILLEGAL immigration. However, there is far more to “illegal immigration” than meets the eye at first glance.
The “open borders” activists like Hillary Clinton (footnote 1) want us to believe that illegal immigrants are desperately poor Central and South Americans who are fleeing miserable conditions. They see these people as succeeding in the USA despite the fact that Americans opposed to illegal immigration are both simultaneously exploiting and harassing them and plan to deport them by the millions. (Of course, that there are “millions” of them doesn’t seem to enter their calculus.)
[Sources: The Labyrinth of Illegal Immigration, by Victor Davis Hanson; Illegal immigration plummets after Trump inauguration, by Stephen Dinan]
Let’s check a few “motivations” for “welcoming” illegal immigrants:
- Employers have long sought to undercut the wages of the American underclass by preference for still cheaper imported labor.
- The upper-middle classes see themselves as “aristocratic” because they can hire inexpensive “help” to relieve them of domestic chores.
- The Mexican government is able to keep taxes low on its “elite” by exporting, rather than helping, its own poor.
- The Mexican government likes the $25 billion in remittances sent from Mexican citizens working in America – money they do not need to supply.
- Mexico’s central bank reported that these “remittances” overtook oil revenues as a source of foreign income.
- Where does much of the $25 billion come from? It is often subsidized by you through generous U.S. social services.
- The Mexican president and ambassador do not want to pay for The Wall, but have you heard them explain why their own programs cause their citizens flee exploitation?
- Have you heard them defend their own draconian approach to immigration enforcement along Mexico’s southern border?
- Mexico has long had an ethnocentric approach to all immigration (not wanting to impair “the equilibrium of national demographics”) that is institutionalized in Mexico’s constitution.
- The Democrat Party investment in illegal immigration is patently obvious. After 8 years of elections that have seen the Democrat Party decimated they are worried that its current agendas cannot win in the Electoral College without new constituents who appreciate liberal support for open borders and generous social services.
- Legal immigration would end up balancing the ethnicity of Americans – and the Democrat Party would NOT LIKE THAT!
- Groups like La Raza understand that influxes of undocumented immigrants fuel their membership.
- An increasingly large contingent of “illegals” are neither “poor” nor from “impoverished” countries, but instead overstay their legally obtained visas (footnote 2).
- Let me ask you what you would expect to happen if:
- You were caught stealing someone else’s identity
- The IRS caught you falsifying a government document – even though you were “poor” and lived in “miserable” conditions
- You were caught driving without a valid license
- You were receiving welfare benefits illegally
- Do you think your public defender could successfully argue that these were not “real” crimes – and, by the by, guess who is paying for the public defender.
The reason I am a laissez faire capitalist is that, as such, I can depend on the the most basic human trait; one that is shared by all. What is that, ask you? Self interest, answer I. If you don’t believe me, just look at the list of “altruistic motivations” of the open border crowd.
In a May 2013 paid speech to the Brazilian bank Banco Itau (revealed by WikiLeaks), Hillary Clinton said, “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders…
Footnote 2: (There are counter arguments to the magnitude of the problem stated below, but no one argues that “it’s not a problem.”)
The Center for Migration Studies issued a research document co-authored by Robert Warren, prior head of statistics for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now ICE). They found that the share of overstays among new illegal aliens has been rising steadily since the 1980s and surpassed border infiltrators in 2008. The paper’s most recent estimate is for 2012, when nearly 60 percent of new illegal immigrants are believed to have entered legally on some sort of visa and then just stayed on after their time expired.