These migrant alien caravans reveal our deep angst about immigration

By Donald A. Collins | 4 November 2018
Church and State

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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.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

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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  1. Don Collins is right. If we had had thoughtful, bipartisan, evidence-based legislation on immigration twenty or thirty yeas ago we would not have had fear and confusion that Trump was able to exploit and crown himself as the worst and most dangerous president in history.

  2. Good article about a complex problem. Sadly, the media have done an inadequate job of giving us background on it. They have ignored — 1. The overpopulation that drives migration, the overpopulation that results from the lack of universal access to contraception and abortion recommended by the US’ 1975 NSSM 200 report and from GOP administrations’ failure to take the population problem seriously, plus the incessant pressure from the Catholic hierarchy (which most ordinary Catholics ignore) and evangelical fake Christian leaders against contraception and abortion; and 2. American meddling in the internal affairs of the countries of Central America, such as our role in the overthrow of Guatemala’s elected government in 1954.


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