By Rod Eccles
by Clash Daily Contributor
Lately the media has made a huge issue of immigration, especially illegal immigration and the whole Anchor Baby issue. This is only because Donald Trump has opened his big mouth numerous times on the subject and forced the other Republican Candidates for President to react and comment. Often with the same fiery, hard line positions as Trump has espoused.
Let me first say that I am not against legal immigration. In fact, most Conservatives are not against legal immigration. We welcome LEGAL immigration. The simple fact is when it comes to the population of the Western Hemisphere, we are all immigrants including the Native Americans that were here before Europeans and others showed up. The USA is a beacon of hope around the world. We stand for truth, justice, and a better way of life. In short, America stands for opportunity and just about everyone on this planet knows that and this is why we have people from nearly every nation on earth living within our borders. We are a great melting pot and we give those who are willing to work hard and work smart, the chance at a better life. They can even get rich if they so choose to.
I truly believe that America is humanity’s last hope for freedom and survival because we enjoy freedoms here that many around the world can only dream about. We enjoy such freedom and opportunity that some people will try to subvert the very nation they wish to live and grow within. Those kinds of people are what we rightly call illegal immigrants or illegal aliens and this is a huge problem because it is costing the legal citizens, the taxpayer a lot of money on an annual basis. We are spending billions of tax dollars everywhere in our society, from local government, all the way up to the Federal Government level.
The truth is, we have lots of laws on the books currently to take care of this problem but we have a government that will not enforce those laws. In fact, we have a Federal Government that even actively seeks to prevent local and state governments from enforcing the immigration laws. We don’t need to change or add more laws. We don’t need to give illegal immigrants a pathway to legal citizenship. We don’t need to overhaul our immigration system because all’s we need to do is enforce the current plethora of laws already on the books that covers immigration into the USA.
We should not allow the so-called Anchor Baby method of getting into the USA on a legal basis. In fact, the Republicans who are speaking out against this are on the right track. Even the Constitution really states that individuals must come into the USA legally in order to have citizenship bestowed upon them or their children. We are one of less than five nations on the entire planet that allows for this Anchor Baby scam. And yes it is a scam. A scam perpetrated by people illegally entering our nation for the purpose of making sure that their unborn child is born north of the Rio Grande River.
Oh, we have heard that the 14th Amendment of the Constitution allows for Anchor Babies. Actually, if one READS that Amendment and the entire Constitution as well as the letters and speeches from the person who actually wrote the 14th Amendment, you would see and understand that this particular Amendment does not allow for Anchor Babies. And even though the left leaning media keeps saying that there are lots of cases, including from the Supreme Court, ruling that “Anchor Babies” is the law of the land, it is not true because there are no major court cases that take this into account.
The truth is that the Constitution, including the 14th Amendment, states that the Congress shall be the sole determiner of who is a citizen and how people can become citizens. We have a legal mechanism by which people can enter this nation legally, work legally, and become citizens legally. Rhetoric is not a law, rhetoric is not a policy, and rhetoric is not the Constitution. Rhetoric is nothing more than feelings and feelings have no merit when it comes to the law of the land. So are Donald Trump and some of the other Republican candidates correct? Yes, they are. And it is pretty simple to fix our current immigration problems.
Build the border fence/wall which has already been approved because that will drastically cut down on the illegal invasion of our nation. Then we need to find every single person here illegally and send them back to their home country. And if someone commits a crime within our nation, they get kicked out of this country and are banned for life from ever returning and if they return they shall face harsh penalty. Just like other nation’s do. And contrary to what some on the left claim, we can find them. In fact we know who and where many of them are already.
In the end, this sort of hard line policy will cost the American taxpayer less money. It will make our nation and our citizens safer from all kinds of foreign threats and criminals and it will allow for a more robust economy because jobs will not have this downward wage pressure due to illegals getting jobs at below market prices. A strong, legal, and robust immigration policy can be a boon to the United States again just like it was not so long ago. But instead we have politicians and leaders and statesmen who will not do the right thing and protect the Constitution and the American People.
Do we really need comprehensive reform to do that? Of course not. All we have to do is follow the Constitution and the immigration laws already on the books.