In response to the June 27, 2018 post, “Mexico Doesn’t Send Us Its Best” a long time LYSer adds the following.
I will be the last person to defend the words of President Trump. I agree with Cain, but with a caveat. I don’t think Mexico is sending people at all. I think the Mexican and other migrants are voting with their feet to come to the United States. And as Cain pointed out, given the conditions in some of these countries, who wouldn’t?
But we have to reach a point of common sense and logic without name calling. I know several veteran Border Patrol agents who are in the field. These are not political bureaucrats back in Washington D.C. but rather people who deal with the problem of illegal border crossings day in and day out. What do those agents say about border walls? They tell me well constructed and monitored walls work. What do they say about Texas State Troopers and the National Guard on the border? Political gestures and grandstanding, of dubious effectiveness.
I also agree with Cain that the majority of the illegal immigrants are fine people. But we have a porous border that has basically turned into a free for all. No vetting, no checks for immunization or serious disease, nothing. That does not make a lot of sense to me and it is unprecedented. Ellis Island served these exact purposes for well over 60 years. The Immigration Acts of 1921 and 1924 would seem draconian by the standards of many today, but there was at least a sense at the time that immigration had to have some type of order. By today’s standards they got it wrong in 1921 and 1924, but the ideas of constraints and process of some type are still good ideas.
Now both sides of the aisle seem to refuse to address this problem. And let’s be fair, the current immigration problems are a result of the Immigration Act of 1965, so we have had this problem for over a half century. There have been many Democrat and Republican Presidents and Congresses since 1965 and all that has been done is to put bandages on the wounds. Now we have a serious problem, and it needs to be addressed.
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