We Aren’t A Nation ...
... Without Control Of Our Borders
Millions and perhaps even most Americans claim ancestors whose immigration experience offers a stark contrast to that of the millions of illegal immigrants who’ve flooded this nation in the years since the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli Act supposedly fixed the problem of illegal immigration. Indeed, that ancestral claim provides a clarity of perspective to help the desperate situation on the border today.
Today’s illegal immigrants, as Rep. Frank Wolf told The Winchester Star earlier this week, “are jumping ahead of people following the legal process. You have to comply with the law. ... The administration opened this door, and word spread.”
Editorials here before have noted that the Obama Administration’s unilateral changes in immigration policy have led foreign nationals — even adolescents — to believe they had permiso (permission) to come to America and stay, documentation regardless. The result: chaos on the border to such an extent that U.S. sovereignty hangs precariously in the balance.
“A nation that can’t control its borders,” Mr. Wolf succinctly said, “ceases to function as a nation.”
The Obama administration was actually on the verge of acknowledging this inevitability earlier this week. President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnsson seemed ready to embrace a common-sense solution — i.e., to hold all illegal border-crossers, regardless of homeland, to the same threshold as those coming from nations that share a common boundary with the United States. As such, they would be subject to expedited immigration hearings. But the administration, facing pressure from immigration groups and open-border advocates, backed away from any such sensible initiative, and a House bill passed last week along those lines ultimately died a-borning. Differences over funding, Mr. Wolf told the Star, also led to its demise.
And so the flood — in the first six months of 2014, some 57,000 unaccompanied minors entered the country illegally, a figure expected to rise to 90,000 by Sept. 30 — continues unabated. Mr. Wolf, as do many others, fears the consequences relative to disease, gang membership, and local coffers drained as a result of providing services (education, mostly) to these minors. He suspects a goodly number of these children will be relocated to this region.
On a final and more ominous note, Mr. Wolf says that, contrary to current belief, not all of these new arrivals are children, and not all hail from Central America. “If you were a terrorist,” he asks, “would you fly into Dulles Airport, or into Kennedy International and go through customs and Transportation Security Administration, or would you sneak across the border?”
On that note, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told CNN’s “State of the Union” that “historic record highs” of persons from “countries with substantial terrorist ties” have been caught at the borders. And furthermore, he noted, some 203,000 illegals have landed in Texas jails. They are “responsible for 3,000 homicides and almost 8,000 sexual assaults.”
In other words, Mr. Obama and his Homeland Security Department don’t know precisely who has entered, or will enter, this country. And it appears they aren’t too interested in finding out.
As we’ve said before, echoing Mr. Wolf, a nation — any nation, even the United States — “ceases to function” when its borders are thoroughly compromised. Have we reached that point