I truly respect the anguish of the bleeding-heart advocates that support open access to political refugees and others who come to America for work. The problem has been with us for many decades, but the Trump campaign promises made control of immigration a major issue for Congress to find a solution. It will be a long, hard battle to reform our immigration procedures and even harder to enforce them without bipartisan support.
It is already obvious that the President’s executive orders are not the answer, so where do we start?
I was provoked to write this commentary after reading a heartrending story in the newspaper about the deportation of the Latino grandmother. She came here illegally ten years ago to live with her son and daughter-in-law. She helped take care of their young children. Her son was in this country under legal status working as a Navy contractor overseas, but his wife and his mother are here illegally. On the surface it seems that this is an unfair case to split the family by deporting the grandmother.
However, we consider our nation to be under the rule of law with penalties for those who disregard the law. The grandmother did this when she entered the country illegally and again broke another law by lying on her application for welfare benefits.
The mobs of protesters against deportation by President Trump apparently feel Americans without legal residency are treated differently from criminals for breaking the law. It’s like a traffic violation. If I were arrested for speeding, I would expect to pay a fine and suffer other penalties. But apparently a desperate refugee breaking the law is treated differently because these people are granted entitlements. That is not the way the rule of law works.
Thousands of cases like this will be judged under the revised Trump executive order on immigration. From a humanity point of view, most will seem unfair. With proper vetting, the undesirable criminals will be denied entry or deported. How should the others be judged?
The only way is to have specific immigration provisions for qualified refugees and workers. Their residency status is temporary to attend college, fill job demands or to qualify for citizenship. The illegals in the shadows should be deported for breaking law.
A more recent legal action by a 23-year-old called a “dreamer” is another example of an alien who believes he is entitled to remain a resident and is suing the Department of Homeland Security in a San Diego court for his deportation.
The claimant came here as a nine-year-old under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) intended to prevent deportation of minors. However, the “dreamer” may have outlived his exemption and was deported. He re-entered illegally a day later and was apprehended by border police without proper identification and prior convictions on record for theft and driving without a license.
Does that sound like a law-abiding immigrant that deserves special consideration to live and work in the U.S.? If they wish to remain, they should stay out of trouble and respect the law. Until there is an immigration system that allows a process to gain citizenship, just keep out of trouble and don’t break laws.
The “dreamer’ case became complicated when the young man had a different version of his illegal re-enter than Homeland Securities records reported. Then there some question whether his DACA exemption is still valid. This case is just one of thousands clogging up the immigration process.
You might wonder why he is called “dreamer”? I did until I found that the childhood exemption is covered by the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act that never passed Congress. Only a bureaucrat could come up with that moniker.
Checking further into the demographics provided by a government agency, I found there are approximately 1.8 million immigrants in the U.S. between ages 5 and 30 who might meet the DACA criteria. But get this: over one-half of them live in California and Texas, about 553,800.
The United States has a unique exposure to illegal immigration because of the border-security gaps near major population centers where work can be found. In Europe, the refugees make dangerous water crossings or travel by land through several countries before reaching asylum.
There is obviously a backlash in Europe and Great Britain to stem the tide of refugee migration. Some political observers believe that was a big reason for Brexit. Donald Trump made illegal immigration a center piece of his campaign. Congress so far can’t seem to undertake immigration reform.
There is definitely anguish world-wide over the refugee crisis and illegals living in the U.S. It’s not a new problem for Americans. After all, we are a nation of immigrants and did survive the mass import of Irish, Polish and Asians in the 19th century to fill the factories and to make America great.