As I watch the media coverage of the caravans forming south of our borders, the full display emphasis is on Trump’s alleged racism. After all a few thousand poor likely refugees certainly doesn’t pose any real threat is the implication in the predominant coverage of our mass media mavens. And most marchers are persons we feel empathy for and want to help.
That view sadly misses the main point of the situation. Read on.
What doesn’t get mentioned in the coverage I have seen is the history of how both parties have handled our flawed immigration record since our laws were changed in 1965 when our population was about 180 million. Our numbers are now 330 million, likely to be 500 million by midcentury if we decide to keep our present pace of allowing endless numbers into our country.
When has allowing this huge post 1965 migration issue ever been voted on by us American citizens? Well, the recent NO votes on various amnesty initiatives shows how deeply this issue is felt.
I have not seen mass media coverage which notes that since 1965 we have added 150 million to our numbers, most of whom are aliens and their children.
When Trump calls for alteration of our 14th Amendment, he cites the fact that this amendment was meant to cover African American rights to vote, not to give instant citizenship to babies dropped by alien mothers in El Paso or from any other nation!
I am very pro-immigrant, always hopeful that we can attract desirable aliens to become citizens under laws which are largely already on the books. For example, Congress could readily enact the improvement of the highly effective E verify program which insures that job applicants are here legally is simply one example which needs to be made permanent and mandatory for all US business new hires. But neither major party wants to give up what they perceive to be their open border advantage offered by our present broken immigration system.
So why does Trump, whose tenure as President has been marked with great current economic success, make his main message just before our mid-term elections to Americans be about immigration as symbolized by these caravans?
Answer: Because for decades neither major party has agreed to fix our broken system because of their obvious greed and the political biases which each brings to the issue of real immigration reform.
Trump—admittedly for his own political betterment—understands the almost subliminal fear of many of our citizens about the many years of unfixed, unchecked and unnoted mass immigration!!
The need (still unrecognized by far too many) has become urgent to fix the system, not with unenforced amnesties like the one in 1986 or the ones proposed since, but by encouraging needed legal aliens with skills and education that can enhance our own wellbeing not further impound our already badly overloaded social, medical, welfare and educational systems.
From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013
By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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