You can travel to any border town on the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border, and there are many signs of the Latino flavor at almost every turn. From the cart-pushing ice cream vendors, to the taquierias, to the many illegal immigrants found along our border, the stream of illegal immigrants from the Mexico side of the border is virtually nonstop. We don’t hear of Mexico police officers intercepting and detaining illegal migrants in any region fronting the United States; we only hear of U.S. Border Patrol’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement detaining dozens of migrants at a time.
Yes, we know that many of the illegal immigrants have come from violent areas where their lives were placed in danger by drug cartels and radicals having turf wars for territory to control. We also know that, at the present time, illegal immigrants are permitted to remain in the United States with very little fear of deportation due to the “catch and release”, deferred action Presidential Executive Order issued by President Barack Obama.
Many of us know plenty of people who have come to the United States from around the world in accordance with our laws, and many of them wind up becoming U.S. citizens. Many, many people have emigrated to the U.S. legally from places like South and Central America, and Mexico, itself. That, unto itself is a great thing, and we applaud those who are willing to stay the course to meet all the requirements for citizenship after they have entered the U.S. legally.
Should we say that because these great immigrants have followed the law, that they are racists? Would you call a Latino individual racist because they followed the path to citizenship as spelled out in U.S. immigration law?
It sets a dangerous precedent to allow people who have entered the U.S. illegally to call those who want only legal immigration “racists”. Yes, the line is long to be able to enter the U.S. legally, and for those who wish to stay beyond a brief visit, they must complete many forms and pay fees for entry visas and other documents that demonstrate they have followed the law in its entirety.
The United States of America is a republic founded by immigrants who complied with the rules to come to the U.S. It seems that the illegal immigrant finds it easier to call those who want legal immigration racists, and to yell “racist, racist” at every politician who wants legal immigration, and does not want illegal immigration. This behavior was completely on display in Fountain Hills, Arizona, and in Tucson, Arizona, as Republican frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump attended campaign appearances in both cities on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Ohio Governor John Kasich, the three candidates vying for the Republican party nomination for president, are all for legal immigration, and are against illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants from gangs like MS-13, and others, increase the crime rate in primarily Latino areas in cities across the U.S., putting immigrants and citizens alike in danger of unnecessary violence.
If you want to enter the U.S. legally, we, the U.S. citizens, are all for your personal success, want you to become productive members of our society, and will help you to meet the qualifications so you too can become a U.S. citizen: and that is not racist whatsoever.
Republicans appreciate those who have added to our culture on many levels. Whether you are from Mexico, or South America, or Africa, or from the European Union countries, if you are willing to comply with our laws, so many citizens will rally to your side, and have a total appreciation for the work it takes to become a U.S. citizen.
Perhaps you aren’t someone who came into the country legally. Perhaps you were brought into the U.S. illegally by your parents, and you didn’t have a say in the matter. Or, you might have traveled on your own to cross the border wherever you could, and you got into the U.S. illegally, and have remained here without a lawful immigration status. If you have entered the U.S. illegally, you are a criminal, because you have violated our criminal statutes regarding immigration laws. How can it be racist to enforce our own laws?
Republicans feel very bad that there are so many people wanting to make the United States their home, and they have neither the resources, language skills, or understanding of our values. That does not give the right to any person, from any other country, to enter our country in violation of our immigration laws.
If Republicans are to truly own the issue of illegal immigration, they must be willing to stand up for the citizens, and stand against illegal immigration. When migrants are not screened prior to entry into the U.S., they can spread illness, such as the Zika virus which is slowly becoming a pandemic among immigrant populations in the U.S. Individuals who are criminals in their home countries can spread that crime into our communities.
When illegal immigrant children are brought here with their parents, that’s bad enough. But when you have children who have been sent unaccompanied to attempt to enter the U.S. illegally, that’s child abuse.
Doing our part to end illegal immigration, regardless of the resources necessary to do that, is a commitment that must be taken seriously by Republicans. It is time for businesses and business owners to stop using illegal immigrant labor, once and for all. That’s not racist, that’s common sense.
Becoming a U.S. citizen is not easy, but it has great rewards. Let’s not let the illegal immigrants trample over our constitution and our country just for economic reasons. Let’s send them back and let them apply for legal entry into the U.S. That is by no means racist, and neither is Trump, Cruz, or Kasich.
Can we end the name calling by Trump protesters; the profanities, the intimidation, and just let his campaign move forward without illegal immigrants causing violence and civil unrest? Wanting peace between all people is not racist. It’s part of what it means to be an American citizen.
Illegal immigrants do not have rights under U.S. law except those afforded them by U.S. immigration law. In the U.S. the law is everything. Those who cannot respect the law have no business being in the United States. That’s not racist; that’s just telling the truth.