By: James Maropoulakis Denney.
The obvious meaning of the word existential is “relating to existence”. It is appropriate for use it in the title to this piece, and that is precisely how it is intended, because the crisis of the illegals coming to our nation threatens its very existence as a constitutional republic. This is indeed a national emergency, and the only way to fix it is to build a complete border wall/barrier along our southern boundary with Mexico, with concertina wire and high-tech security.
How does illegal immigration and lack of border security threaten the existence of our republic, (in addition to the fact that it costs the taxpayers $135 BILLION dollars per year)? Well, let me give you five of the ways it does this.
First, allowing illegal immigration, and equating or conflating it with legal immigration is damaging to the rule of law, a founding and essential principle of our republic.
The following conversation, which illustrates my point, takes place in the famous play “A Man for All Seasons”:
“William Roper: “So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!”
Sir Thomas More: “Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?”
William Roper: “Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!”
Sir Thomas More: “Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!”
― Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons
The evolution of our constitutional republic resulted first from the democratic ideas of the Ancient Greeks, and then from Rome, followed by an infusion of the dignity of the human being from Judeo-Christian thought, and later from the ideas of liberty and government from Locke and Montesquieu and the Enlightenment. It is unique in the history of the world; our Founders were true geniuses who took these ideas and created a nation of laws, based on a fusion of the best of these values, and guided by a constitution that limited the size and role of government.
Our rule of law and its resultant liberty has created an economic and political system that is simply the best of this type of achievement of all of humanity, period. These are the things that illegal immigration now threatens to destroy.
Legal immigration is called “legal”, because it is done in compliance with federal laws passed by our elected congressional representatives, under Article One, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, mandating that it “…establish a uniform rule of naturalization.” Congress has duly passed many laws on immigration, one of these laws being that if a person enters or nation without permission, or overstays beyond the period of permission, it is a crime punishable by time in jail. Illegal immigrants are criminals, by definition. That is what the law requires. The President is duty bound by the same constitution to faithfully execute these laws.
Allowing illegals to enter, without arrest and punishment for breaking the law, not only “dumbs down” immigration law, but results is disrespect for all laws. If you can ignore law A, why should someone else obey law B, and so on. This is opening the door to chaos. We are a “nation of laws”, and without laws that are respected, we are no longer a nation that can continue as such.
Second, our common culture which binds us together as Americans is at serious risk.
With such large numbers of illegals already present in the country (an estimated12-14 million), and the influx of illegals coming across the border, not only is it a challenge to the rule of law, but it is dissolving our common culture, ideas and values that make us Americans.
Why is a common culture important? It is precisely our common respect for the laws, our mutual respect for our various religions while at the same time understanding that our values and morals are based on our Judeo-Christian heritage, our respect and reverence for our American traditions and our common American heritage, and our common language, that has permitted such a diverse people to meld together as one great nation.
When the great wave of legal immigration came to our shores in the early 1900s, Greeks, Italians, Irish, Eastern Europeans and others strove mightily to become Americans. They flew the American flag, they resisted the bigotry of the KKK, they learned the English language and American traditions, and they worked and paid taxes, while at the same time maintaining their own ethnic traditions and cultures.
Not so today among large pockets of immigrants from Islamic countries and from south of the border. They cling to their own, and establish insular enclaves in neighborhoods, they have little understanding or respect for American values or traditions, (with the notable exception of those few who enter legally and then become citizens) and seem to rudely and intentionally speak their own language everywhere, knowing it can’t be understood by many Americans. Some of these groups, notably the Muslims, are establishing a shadow legal system to enforce sharia pursuant to the Quran in direct conflict with American law, and in some urban communities MS 13 and other gangs many times rule neighborhoods.
Third. Our national health is at stake.
Illegals receive no medical screening, which has resulted in a resurgence of contagious diseases, many of which previously had been nearly eradicated in the U.S.
According to Dr. Laurence Nickey, director of the El Paso heath district:
“Contagious diseases that are generally considered to have been controlled in the United States are readily evident along the border … The incidence of tuberculosis in El Paso County is twice that of the U.S. rate. Dr. Nickey also states that leprosy, which is considered by most Americans to be a disease of the Third World, is readily evident along the U.S.-Mexico border and that dysentery is several times the U.S. rate … People have come to the border for economic opportunities, but the necessary sewage treatment facilities, public water systems, environmental enforcement, and medical care have not been made available to them, causing a severe risk to health and well being of people on both sides of the border.”
Then there’s this from the Houston Chronicle:
“The pork tapeworm, which thrives in Latin America and Mexico, is showing up along the U.S. border, threatening to ravage victims with symptoms ranging from seizures to death. … The same [Mexican] underclass has migrated north to find jobs on the border, bringing the parasite and the sickness—cysticercosis—its eggs can cause[.] Cysts that form around the larvae usually lodge in the brain and destroy tissue, causing hallucinations, speech and vision problems, severe headaches, strokes, epileptic seizures, and in rare cases death.”
Health problems spread from the border region to all parts of the U.S., because the illegals fan out after they sneak in, so that the problem is not confined to the border region, as this quote from the F.A.I.R. article linked to below points out:
“Typhoid struck Silver Spring, Maryland, in 1992 when an immigrant from the Third World (who had been working in food service in the United States for almost two years) transmitted the bacteria through food at the McDonald’s where she worked. River blindness, malaria, and guinea worm, have all been brought to Northern Virginia by immigration.”
As the F.A.I.R. article indicates, the costs to the American taxpayers are enormous. Many top emergency rooms, flooded by illegals in the southern border region, have been forced to close.
F.A.I.R. article link: https://www.fairus.org/issue/societal-impact/illegal-immigration-and-public-health
Fourth: The drug cartels are murdering Americans for profit.
It is estimated that about 90% of the opioids that come in to the U.S. are smuggled across the southern border, due to lack of adequate border security. Nearly 50,000 people died of opioid overdoses in the U.S. in 2017.
From The Daily Caller, written by Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State:
“According to a Senate report released this past May, the U.S. Border Patrol seized over 3,500 pounds of opioids — including 286 pounds of fentanyl—between 2013-2017, primarily at the Southern Border. The number of seizures was up, too, ‘increasing by 30% from 194 seizures in 2013 to 252 seizures in 2017.’ “ See: ( https://dailycaller.com/2018/11/01/border-security-the-opioid-crisis/ )
Think about this. 286 pounds of fentanyl is 60,000,000 potentially fatal doses of 2 milligrams each. This epidemic is being fueled by the bloodthirsty cartels south of the border, who thrive on the lack of border security, and are using this shortcoming in our national security to prey upon and kill our children.
Five: The Criminal Acts of Aliens inside the U.S. are a major threat to public safety and national security, as well as a drain on our scarce criminal justice resources.
National news coverage has noted, on a too regular basis, the horrendous murders committed by illegal aliens on American soil over the past few years, most recently the killing of 33-year-old California police officer, Ronil Singh, by dirt bag illegal alien Gustavo Perez Arriaga.
In our federal prison system alone, over 25% of the prisoners are criminal aliens. The total in 2016 was about 55,000. The majority of these are in the country illegally. In state and local prisons, there were an additional 297,000 criminal aliens incarcerated, far in excess of the percentage of foreign nationals in the population.
Nationally, the estimated 12,000,000 illegal aliens represent 3.9 percent of the overall population, compared to the 5.4 percent criminal alien incarceration rate.
(These statistics can be found at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) website, at this page: ( https://fairus.org/issue/societal-impact/criminal-aliens )
The cost of incarcerating these criminal aliens is estimated to be nearly $1.6 billion every year. Many of these are deportable under the law, but, under past administrations, have simply been released on to the streets after serving their terms, only to commit new crimes. Hopefully, the trump Administration will greatly increase this deportation rate. Once an alien commits a serious crime in America, they should be immediately deported, irrespective of their immigration status. In any event, the Wall and good border security, as proposed by President Trump, will greatly alleviate this criminal alien problem.
These are the five catastrophes, all caused by illegal immigration: 1. the impending collapse of our rule of law, 2. the destruction of the common culture and values that bind us as a nation, 3. the threat to our national health, 4. the opioid epidemic, and 5. the impact of crime committed by criminal aliens in America They make it abundantly clear that this illegal immigration crisis indeed is a national emergency like no other. It is existential, and will destroy us as a nation and as a people if not fixed.
I fully support President Trump’s efforts to build the wall, and I support him if he declares a national emergency to get the wall/barrier built and to fix border security, since the Democrats have refused to take action to protect our nation.
Most recently, the Democrats, for purely political reasons while ignoring the welfare of the nation as outlined above, turned down a good compromise proposal by the President. Listed below, in quotations, are the proposals contained in the most recent Senate Bill, approved by and supported by the President, but voted down by the Democrats:
“$5.7 billion to fund a steel barrier system, including embedded investments in technology and roads, on our southern border in the priority areas cited by Border Patrol.
This is in addition to the more than 115 miles of barriers already built, replaced, or contracted under President Trump.
$805 million for technology, canines, and personnel to help stop the flow of illegal drugs, weapons and other contraband. This includes:
$675 million for drug detection inspection technology to help secure our ports of entry.
$130 million for canine units, training, personnel and portable scanners to help deter and detect smuggled narcotics, weapons, and other dangerous materials.
$800 million dollars in humanitarian assistance, medical support, and new temporary housing.
$782 million to hire an additional 2,750 border agents, law enforcement officers, and staff.
$563 million to support our immigration court system, including hiring 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce the immigration court backlog of 800,000 cases.”
Certainly it was a fair and comprehensive proposal.
National Emergencies have been declared by various past presidents for emergencies that don’t even approach the seriousness of the threat of this border crisis. A list can be found at this CNN page: ( https://www.cnn.com/2017/08/12/politics/national-emergencies-trump-opioid/index.html ) The invasion and presence of illegals, and lack of border security certainly is a national emergency, and one should be immediately declared to get this done.