The issue for most Americans is not “immigration,” but ILLEGAL immigration. I have often heard the following argument made in regard to immigration law: “America is a country founded on immigration.” That is a fallacy. America was founded and formed on the basis of legal immigration. Most of you reading this were likely born here, so the worry associated with becoming a citizen of the United States would never be a concern for you, nor is it a concern for me.
I am not opposed to people from other countries immigrating legally to America. In fact, I fully support it. Many of our finest lawyers, medical doctors, educators, military leaders, inventors, etc. came to America from abroad and became citizens. These fine people have been a contributing factor to the success of America. We cannot and should not be opposed to legal immigration.
The problem we have is with illegal immigration and the strain it places on our systems. The reason is simple; America is still the land of opportunity. You don’t see tens of thousands of Americans crossing into Mexico for the opportunity it provides unless it is for summer vacation. The recent health-care bill enacted in Washington mentioned that the bill did not take into account health-care expense for illegal immigrants, yet we know that hospitals are legally obligated to treat whoever comes through the door.
The cost of allowing illegal immigration to go on without reform is enormous. What do we risk? We risk the safety of our country, the financial burden of providing health care, the resulting jobs unavailable to Americans, the taxable revenue to fund federal programs to which we are committed, and much more.
Despite the mainstream media portraying the situation as though it were the end of civil rights in America, this is a discussion that must be had. I am personally proud of Governor Brewer and commend her for bringing the issue back into the spotlight. It is long overdue and needs attention either from the Federal Government or the States.