You would think that the shooting death of Newman, CA police officer Singh – shot to death by a drunken illegal alien who was subsequently hidden from police by his illegal family members and friends while they planned his escape to Mexico – would be the last straw in the long-running debate over border security. How many more people need to be victimized? I’m not talking about just murders. There’s the gang violence, Mexican drug cartels and countless other lesser ways in which Americans are victimized by the general indifference toward the rule of law that illegal immigration fosters. Driving without licenses or insurance, taking jobs from Americans while being paid in cash and paying no taxes, living off the government dole. The list could go on.
My own family has been victimized. While living in Houston years ago, our sons’ car was struck by a vehicle that was sent flying through the intersection, having been rear-ended by a car full of Hispanics. The car had no brakes, the driver had no license and was uninsured. After rushing to the scene, I asked the police officer whether they were in the country illegally. The response? “We’re not allowed to ask that question.” I couldn’t believe it and was thoroughly disgusted. Beyond that, our sons had difficulty finding summer jobs. You’d think it would be easy, given the number of fast-food restaurants in the area. The excuse they heard repeatedly was that they needed Spanish-speaking applicants who could communicate with the rest of the workers who, in many cases (it was no secret), were working illegally.
Earlier this month, Congress passed an agriculture bill in the amount of $867 billion that no doubt had its share of “pork.” All Trump is asking for is $5 billion to start the construction of a wall aimed at stemming the tide of illegal immigration. All of a sudden, Democrats are balking at such wasteful spending. You’ve got to be kidding me! $5 billion is less than 0.2% of the federal budget – chump change compared to the costs of dealing with the effects of illegal immigration.
I shouldn’t single out Democrats. Republicans are just as guilty of turning a blind eye to illegal immigration for decades. Both parties are bought and paid for by corporate interests who want to stoke growth in the economy with population growth, legal or otherwise, regardless of the long-term damage done, and want to suppress wages with the cheap labor that illegal immigration provides.
I hope Trump stands firm. Keep the government shut down permanently if that’s what it takes. It’s time to do something meaningful to secure the border. I’m sick of this. Let your congressman know that you’re sick of it too.