Illegal Immigration

January 12, 2023

This Indianapolis Star political cartoon quickly pulled this editorial cartoon after complaints from readers. 


By now no astute follower of current events should expect our government to enforce our immigration laws.  Just the opposite.  The message from Washington is:

Illegal immigrants are welcome into the United States without following the law of the land.

Or, said differently: No illegal left behind!

In 2009, while exercising his forked tongue during his second month in office, Obama called for strengthening the border and creating a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants while speaking at a Costa Mesa, California town hall:

You've got to--and then you've got to say to the undocumented workers, you have to say, "Look, you've broken the law; you didn't come here the way you were supposed to, so this is not going to be a free ride. It's not going to be some instant amnesty.

What's going to happen is you are going to pay a significant fine. You are going to learn English. You are going to--you are going to go to the back of the line so that you don't get ahead of somebody who was in Mexico City applying legally. But after you've done these things over a certain period of time you can earn your citizenship," so that it's not--it's not something that is guaranteed or automatic. You've got to earn it, but over time you give people an opportunity.

Now, it only works though if you do all the pieces. I think the American people, they appreciate and believe in immigration. But they can't have a situation where you just have half a million people pouring over the border without any kind of mechanism to control it. So we've got to deal with that at the same time as we deal in a humane fashion with folks who have put down roots here, have become our neighbors, have become our friends, they may have children who are U.S. citizens. That's the kind of comprehensive approach that we have to take. All right. Okay.

 How is his promise doing?  Read this excerpt and make your best guess.

Bowing to pressure from immigrant rights activists, the Obama administration said Thursday that it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria, such as attending school, having family in the military or having primary responsible for other family members’ care.

The move marks a major step for President Obama, who for months has said he does not have broad categorical authority to halt deportations and said he must follow the laws as Congress has written them.

Blood will be on the people's hands if terrorists assault the United States due to entry across the poorly secured border between the United States and Mexico.  

Why on the people's hands? Simply because enough of us - we the people - haven't pressured Washington to protect us.

When in Costa Mesa, Obama said we have to come together and say, we're going to strengthen our borders.  He is right, of course but little – more accurately, not enough – has been done.  Not enough will be done until we have an impenetrable wall stretching across the entire U.S.-Mexican border along with adequate manpower, equipment and enforcement of immigration laws.

It can be done but so far we only get feel good talk along with broken promises from Washington. 

Trump  had a good idea. He wanted a wall across our entire southern border but he was stymied at every turn.

We are foolish to believe a wall cannot get the job done. Think about this:

Somehow, ancient China was able to do what America cannot: seal off its border, and at far greater expense and effort than it would take the United States.

The Great Wall of China has been measured at 13,173 miles, about 6.7 times the size of the fence that would be required to seal the U.S. Mexican border, which is 1,969 miles long.

What’s more, the Great Wall was vastly superior to anything being contemplated by the United States, having been constructed not just to keep foreigners out, but to withstand attack. And some of it was built over hilly terrain far less accessible than the flat desert that separates the United States and Mexico.

Republicans, who insist on sealing the border before considering amnesty for those who have entered the country illegally, are hardly demanding something unprecedented and technologically unachievable.

Nevertheless, the Obama administration has been seeking to minimize the need for border security and inflating the facts about how much of the border has already been sealed. 

Well, here we are years later with Joe Biden. He tells us everything is fine.

The good news could be that what Joe says is true. However, we know everything ain't fine.

I think many of us, especially me, could only express our true opinion using barroom or locker room lingo. Here are five links to current news stories that support my belief: 

There are articles out there that defend Joe Biden with respect to our deplorable immigration situation. 

You will find them with an internet search. I found some and did what I think any astute American would do. I dismissed each one out of hand.