Border Security and Immigration
For many years, the idea of a barrier on our southern border has been controversial. How is it possible for a sovereign nation to be treated by the world as odd or unkind for wanting to control its borders when numerous countries all over the world use fencing and walls to control who comes and goes. Many members of the House of Representatives have fences around their homes for protection. They hypocritically criticize the need to protect our sovereignty with a fence or barrier, too concerned with semantics than with solving a problem that costs taxpayers between $2B and $19B annually!
Just as in our homes where we have the right and responsibility to control who comes into them, to ensure the safety of our family members, our nation must control its borders. Porous borders are prime locations for those who want to do us harm to enter.
Much of the media tries to play down the fact that the southern border is permeable, pointing out that a very small number of people who have been stopped along the southern border have been charged with terrorism. It’s a nifty bit of semantics. With the large number of people flooding the southern border, law enforcement does its best to identify those that would do us harm but cannot possibly adequately screen each person. As a result, individuals are arrested under general categories.
Even former President Barack Obama added “security fencing” around his home in Washington, D.C. Evidence that even he sees the usefulness of barriers.
Republicans in both houses of Congress have resisted allocating money to build the wall, a shameful act that demonstrates their lack of understanding of border security and sovereignty.
Although the wall is the number one priority to secure our borders, we need to reform all aspects of immigration. For instance, President Trump has proposed a surcharge on the money that leaves this country every day. As reported by Mexiconewdaily.com in February 2019, “Mexicans working abroad, mainly in the United States, sent US $33.48 billion to Mexico last year, an increase of 10.5% over the 2017 figure, according to the Bank of México (Banxico).”
Using a series of small single-topic bills, we can increase security and reform immigration in an orderly, well-thought-out way as opposed to the emotion-charged rhetoric we presently hear coming from Washington, D.C.