Borders matter. Laws matter. Let’s remember, however, that people matter too. This entire caravan carnival is a political fraud designed to divide Americans. Not surprisingly, both parties are using it for their own political purposes.
Five times as many illegal aliens as are in that caravan snuck into this country illegally just last month … and the month before.
That seven to ten thousand illegal aliens are headed to our border is not news. That’s a weekly occurrence brought to you be two wretched American parties preying on illegal immigrants for their own purposes.
The current spectacle is nothing more than a political show. You can’t be outraged at this caravan and pretend the others all don’t matter. They all matter, and so do the people in them.
Americans have every right to secure their borders and demand vetting and final say on anyone who enters. That is only a radical concept inside elements of the new radical left democratic party. Most Americans, no matter their camp or politics, understand that open borders are both an economic disaster and national security concern.
Still, there is something inherently anti-American and anti-Judeo-Christian about the demonization of migrants. Even these migrants who are burning flags and provoking a response. They are but poor pawns in a game created by the two major parties to divide Americans.
It is up to us … individually … how we respond to such tomfoolery.
Yes, you can still be a great American, a good Christian, and a decent person by refusing admission to those who do not follow the law. In fact, letting people violate our laws and turning a blind eye only increases the incentives for more immigrants to come here illegally and to put themselves and their families at risk to do so.
Americans are wise to resist the siren call of crazies to personally attack, denigrate, and dehumanize immigrants. Indeed, conservatives … real Reagan conservatives … wouldn’t do so.
We are a nation of immigrants. Some arrived when the borders were open. Some came properly after the establishment of immigration laws, and some have land and property handed down from American conquest of tribal lands. That’s a reality.
The lesson of our past is that immigration is good, but open borders is a disaster. Ask the American Indian if open borders and giving in to mass migration was a good policy. It’s not.
Still, we must be a country that welcomes and attracts immigrants who want to come to America and be Americans. Likewise, we must be strong enough to stop those who think their desire and wants supersede our laws and needs.
I have written innumerable pieces on what must be done to change the incentives that will stop mass illegal immigration. It’s not nearly as complex as some suggest. It’s just not in the political interest of either party. And, let’s face it, if you haven’t figured out that your party is out for “its side” rather than “our country,” you are part of the problem.
I look at this caravan and I see the timing of it. It’s a political movement funded and fueled by both sides. And, look at it grow with the media coverage. Then, look at both sides using the event for their own purposes. It’s disgraceful.
Americans are better than this … and from their leadership, they deserve better.
We can and should stop the group from crossing our border. We can and should demand that Mexico do more to halt this mass migration across its country toward ours. We should hold the sending countries responsible.
Likewise, we should resist the uninformed, emotional caterwauling that suggests the participants in this caravan carnival have some right … or any right to enter into this country.
We can do all that without denigrating people.
We are a nation of laws and borders, and we need to make no apology for enforcing them. It is how we do it that determines if we are great. This isn’t a test for your respective parties … both have already failed. It’s a test of American values and principles. Those are determined by us.
Author: Richard Kelsey
Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is a trial Attorney and author of the new book on higher education, “Of Serfs and Lords: Why College Tuition is Creating a Debtor Class”
Rich is a former Assistant Law School Dean and Law Professor. At Mason Law Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP, drawing on his expertise as a former CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud.
Before returning to private practice, Rich taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation.
He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV. Rich has appeared on hundreds of stations as a legal expert or political commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL.
Rich also writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com.
In his free time, Rich is part of the baseball mafia of Northern Virginia, serving on numerous boards and as a little league and travel baseball coach.
His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.