Let’s talk about it.
There is a difference between legal immigration and illegal immigration. Legal immigrants go through a long process to be granted either temporary or permanent residence in the United States. Illegal immigrants either outstay those temporary statuses, or skip the process altogether and cross the border illegally.
Because much of this issue encompasses our southern border, it’s labeled “racist” if you believe our federal laws should be followed. You’re racist for saying some of these people are drug dealers and killers (which they are). If I’m 100% ok with anyone, in any quantity, coming into our country LEGALLY, then how am I racist if I say no one should come in illegally? There is no equation that makes this ok. If you told me we could have 1000 tax-paying, productive illegal immigrants for every 1 Cristhian Bahena Rivera (Mollie Tibbets killer), I’d say no thanks.
The Washington Post came out with an article that basically stated that native born citizens commit more crimes than undocumented (illegal) immigrants.
They posted two studies to support their notion. First of all, there is no debate that the very first thing an undocumented immigrant does in the United States is commit a crime. It’s illegal to cross our border into the United States without our government’s permission to do so. Therefore, overall, undocumented immigrants commit an astronomically higher amount of crime than native born citizens do. Secondly, one of the studies states that undocumented immigrants commit less violent crime than native born citizens. The statistics behind this are that in areas with higher levels of undocumented immigrants, violent crime overall has been decreasing. I’m sure there are a number of other factors that contribute to this, not just the presence of illegals in these communities. The Washington Post uses this fact as an excuse to support the notion that illegal immigration is harmless. If a non-citizen is less likely to commit a violent crime than a citizen, that still doesn’t give him/her some magical right to be here. Even if there was a way to truly, statistically prove that illegal immigrants commit less violent crimes than natural born citizens, it still means that there are more violent crimes because they are here.
The flaw in their logic is that these people shouldn’t be here in the first place. They have a flawed moral compass to break another country’s law and enter illegally. Fundamentally, without them here, there would be less crime.
The case for compassion. Some would have you believe the ONLY way we can show compassion to these people that are here illegally is to allow them to stay, or to let new ones cross the border illegally. That is simply false. From foreign aid to changes in foreign policy, there are many ways the United States can help the people of the world without letting them illegally into our country.
Beyond this, 63% of households headed by a non-citizen reported that they use at least one welfare program, compared to 35% among native-headed households. (Center for Immigration Studies)
So we’ve factually deduced that illegal immigrants as a whole:
- Commit a crime by crossing the border illegally.
- Some commit more crimes, including those of violent nature
- Are almost twice as likely to use welfare than natural-born citizens
The media stays on task with propaganda that ignores facts and plays to one’s emotions. You can’t run a country on emotions.
We are a nation of laws, and regardless of color or creed, if you’re breaking our immigration laws, you shouldn’t be here.