The Case Against Legalizing Unknown Millions of Illegal Aliens
A supposed “solution” that would be catastrophic for America.
At least as far back as the administration of Jimmy Carter, the immigration debate has been waged by globalists who have, over time, succeeded in hijacking the language and terminology applied to immigration.
Consider that Jimmy Carter: Orignator of the Orwellian term “undocumented immigrant,” understood that by removing the term “alien” from discussions about immigration he could, over time, subvert the debate by confounding the public’s understanding about the entire immigration issue.
Carter insisted that INS employees immediately stop using the term “illegal alien” to describe aliens who were illegally present in the United States but refer to them as being “undocumented aliens.”
Today many politicians and journalists claim that illegal aliens who run America’s borders, thereby evading the inspections process conducted at ports of entry, have entered the United States “undocumented.”
In actuality, aliens who evade the inspections process enter the United States without inspection. This creates a huge threat to national security and public safety, after all, Entry Without Inspection = Entry Without Vetting.
Additionally, aliens who enter the United States through ports of entry but then go on to violate the terms of their admission, depending on the category of visa they used to enter the United States, certainly are not making “undocumented” entries.
However, to the globalists and immigration anarchists, these facts are merely speed bumps that need to be overcome so that they can craft their false narrative.
One of America’s most cherished symbols is the Statue of Liberty that is equated with America’s rich and diverse immigrant heritage. Over time his strategy of altering the terminology succeeded in convincing huge numbers of Americans that anyone who would interfere with the flow of “immigrants” into the United States was acting against America’s culture and traditions.
The media was quick to jump on the bandwagon and identified to immigration anarchists who oppose secure borders and effective immigration law enforcement as being “Pro-Immigrant” while branding advocates for effective immigration law enforcement as “Anti-Immigrant.”
Of course if honest and accurate nomenclature was used the two sides should be referred as as “Immigration Anarchists” vs “Pro “Immigration Law Enforcement.”
However the agenda is to eradicate America’s borders which, to the globalists, are impediment to their wealth and political power.
Not being content to alter the language of the debate, the immigration anarchists have concocted a false narrative about the nature of illegal aliens and the way that the immigration crisis can be fixed since, they claim, “The immigration system is broken.”
We can find adherents to this madness in both political parties, however, the Democrats are clearly leading the charge.
Of course, in reality, what has traditionally been “broken” is the lack of resources and political will to enforce our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States. President Trump is certainly sending a clear message that this situation will be finally remedied by hiring many more ICE agents and Immigration Judges and taking the gloves off the agents by stating that there will no longer be any category of illegal aliens who may not be arrested, as was the Obama administration’s policies.
But I am compelled to address an issue that is of great concern.
While many journalists and politicians have agreed that aliens who have serious criminal convictions should be deported, but insist that since the millions of illegal aliens who are present in the United States cannot all be arrested, it is reasonable to provide them with lawful status, especially if they are working and paying taxes.
Of course our immigration laws are not about aliens paying taxes and not only are illegal aliens prohibited from working but aliens admitted under certain categories of visas are also prohibited from working. This is about protecting the jobs and wages of American workers.
This sort of “reasoning” is never applied to any other area of law enforcement whether we consider the law enforcement response to drunk driving, texting while driving, tax fraud or other crimes. Yet this supposed solution, is no solution at all, just a thinly veiled effort to meet the demands of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association and a laundry list of industries and special interest groups who make monumental campaign contributions seeking to get “the best government money can buy.”
Additionally, the true number of illegal aliens is unknown and unknowable but the media and many “think tanks” claim that there are between 11 million and 12 million such illegal aliens present in the United States.
During the Reagan administration it was estimated that the Amnesty of 1986 would get roughly one million such aliens “out of the shadows.” That amnesty eventually enabled more than 3.5 million aliens to acquire lawful status.
In 2007 the CBO estimated that there were 12 million illegal aliens present in the United States.
Given those factors and others, it is likely that any massive amnesty program would likely provide tens of millions of illegal aliens with lawful status.
The numbers would be so huge that there would be no way to interview these aliens and no way to conduct any field investigations of these millions of aliens who evaded the United States surreptitiously without inspection.
What is not understood by most folks is that an adjudications officer can approve and application in mere minutes but would require days or weeks to deny an applications since it must be expected that when an application is denied the alien will, through his/her attorney, file an appeal of that denial. Therefore before and application for legalization is denied the adjudicator would likely require an investigator conduct a field investigation and the subsequent denial would have to be reviewed by a government attorney to make certain it meets minimal standards to withstand any legal challenges.
Consequently, it is likely that well over 90% of these applications will be approved.
Since no field investigations could be conducted, there would be no way to determine who many of these aliens actually are. There would be no way to ascertain when these aliens actually entered the United States.
It would be simple matter for aliens to claim to have entered the United States prior to whatever cutoff date would be established to meet the statutory requirement. As more and more aliens succeed in gaming the system more and more aliens will be encouraged to enter the United States and make similar false claims about entry data and other pertinent facts, thereby creating a vicious cycle of fraud.
The 9⁄11 Commission found that immigration fraud played a major role in the ability of terrorists to enter the United States and embed themselves.
This was my focus in my article, Reflections on 9⁄11’s Vulnerabilities.
Most terrorists have not had criminal histories.
Terrorists, not unlike spies and other “Sleeper” agents seek to maintain a low profile.
Indeed, it is believed that at least four of the 9⁄11 hijackers had been encountered by police officers for motor vehicle violations. The police officers simply treated their motor vehicle violations as routine matters and permitted them to go on their way.
On January 9, 2002 BBC reported, Hijacker ‘pulled over by police’ as did CNN,
Clearly aliens who have serious criminals histories or established involvement in gang or other criminal activities should be deported.
I would also strongly recommend that illegal aliens who frequent places of criminality such as brothels or locations associated with the drug trade should be arrested and deported (removed) in an effort to combat these criminal enterprises.
So-called “collateral” arrests are essential to imbue the immigration law enforcement program with integrity so that aliens understand that we are serious about our immigration laws.
This helps to deter aliens from entering the United States illegally.
Additionally, under the law enforcement principle known as “randomness” by arresting illegal aliens during the course of routine field work, it is to be expected that ICE agents will stumble across serious crimes and intelligence concerning major criminal organizations and even potentially uncover terrorists and aliens who support terrorism.
My very first assigned fraud investigation, as a brand new agent in 1976, led me to uncover a terror plot in Israel that was, thankfully averted. The investigation began with a young man from Israel who attempted entry in the United States with and altered visa.
No one expected this mundane and routine assignment to trigger a major international investigation.
Finally, aliens who are provided with lawful status are entitled, under our immigration laws, to immediately petition to have their spouses and all of their minor children to be admitted into the United States.
Families in Third World Countries tend to have many children. It is entirely possible that a massive amnesty program would enable more minor aliens to be granted visas than the number of illegal aliens who would be granted lawful status.
The impact of admitting tens of millions of children who would immediately be enrolled in school systems across the United States would be devastating to already beleaguered school districts across the United States.
President Trump’s immigration policies are already having the desired impact of deterring illegal immigration as reported by the Border Patrol. It is important that he stay the course he has wisely plotted, America and Americans will benefit from his courageous leadership.