GOP Presidential contender Donald Trump is meeting with the president of Mexico today. Here’s the outcome I’d like:
An immigration center somewhere on the border with Mexico that processes legal immigrants and temporary workers–both with I.D.’s. Firm up the border and stop the illegal crossings.
I live in Texas. The free flow of people across the border is not all bad. Texas is booming and the state is attractive to those looking for jobs. Their labor helps keep costs low. However, it’s not honest for the American economy and it’s unsafe for the people having to sneak in and out. Lots of very bad people make money getting honest people across the border.
The Left has portrayed the GOP hating illegal immigration as racist. Even some in the GOP have portrayed other staunch anti-illegal immigration folks as racist.
It is possible, though, to be pro-immigrant and anti-illegal immigration. Illegal immigration is harmful to the workers themselves and they risk much to make these crossings. It’s evil what President Obama did to encourage children to be sent here with no supervision. He is responsible for the abuse, rape, and neglect of countless children who he conveniently melted into American society.
No one says a word because the consequences of that action were too horrible to consider. Here is the letter that Jeh Johnson sent to discourage sending children to the U.S. alone–this is after Barack Obama encouraged this action by his executive action amnesty (that was later found to be illegal by the court system):
“Open Letter to the Parents of Children Crossing Our Southwest Border
“This year will be a record number of children who cross the southern U.S. border illegally. Only in the month of May, the number of children not accompanied by their mother or father who crossed our southern border reached more than 9,000 figure, making the total so far this year is about 47,000 . Most of these children come from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, where the violence generated by drugs and gangs terrorizing society. I have a very simple message for parents of these children: sending your child to travel to the United States illegally is not the solution.
“Send a child to make the long journey from Central America to the United States is dangerous. The criminal networks trafficking in people you hire to take their child to the United States have no regard for the safety and welfare of children: for them, your child is a commodity to be delivered in exchange for money. In the hands of smugglers, many children experience trauma and psychological abuse suffered by the journey; or, what is worse, they are beaten, underfed, raped or sold into the sex trade and are exposed to all kinds of psychological abuse by criminals. As temperatures rise in July and August, the conditions for attempting to cross our southern border worse.
“The long and arduous journey is not only dangerous, but no permits or safe conduct at the end.
The deferred action program for childhood arrivals (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) U.S. Government, also known by the name of DACA does not apply to children who cross the U.S. border illegally today, to those who crossed or cross yesterday morning. To meet the requirements of DACA, the child must have entered the United States prior to June 15, 2007, seven years ago.
“In addition, the immigration reform legislation that is currently in Congress offers a way deserved to citizenship, but only for certain people who came to this country before December 31, 2011, inclusive (ie two and a half years ). So let me be clear: there are no roads leading to deferred action or citizenship, nor is there any remedy that Congress is contemplating, for a child who crosses our border illegally today.
“By contrast, according to the laws and U.S. policies, anyone who is arrested by illegally crossing our border is subject to deportation priority, regardless of age. This means that if your daughter or son is arrested while crossing the border illegally, will be charged with violating immigration laws of the United States and deportation proceedings were initiated against him: a not recommended status. The document is issued in the name of his son is not a permit, but a notice to appear in removal proceedings before an immigration judge.
“As Secretary of Homeland Security, I have seen in person to the children in our Texas processing center. As a parent, I watched the faces of these children and saw fear and vulnerability.
“The desire to want their children to have a better life in America is understandable. But exposing an unaccompanied child to the risks of illegal immigration to achieve that dream are too high and “permits” do not exist. “
– Jeh C. Johnson es Secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de EE.UU.
No doubt, The Donald and President Nieto will have lots to talk about. Something must change, though. Acknowledging the problem is a start.