Immigration has jumped from the back of the burner to front and center for two reasons. One, the defeat of Eric Cantor, the house majority leader, and two, the influx of unaccompanied illegal alien minors into this country.
I have never hidden the fact that I’m an opponent of illegal immigration and so-called “immigration reform.” Letting those who have abused the system define it would be like letting the burglar define a home break-in as a “non-invited visit.”
The immigration debate was one of the reasons given for Cantor’s loss. The voters in his district were inundated with commercials that painted his opponent in the most negative of lights. Cantor also spent upwards of $5 million on his campaign while his opponent spent less than $200,000.
For me, it was a testament to voters who were dissatisfied with their representation and did the smart thing. They showed and gave him their version of “term limits” by refusing to send him back to Congress. They didn’t get suckered into caring about his 10 years of seniority or his fancy job title. They fired him for not doing what they sent him to Congress to do — represent them! Voters in Illinois would do well to take a page from our Virginia counterparts and fire our entire congressional membership and send new folks to Washington D.C.
The surge across our southern border by tens of thousands of young people is, in my humble opinion, not an accident. For years I have said that if I were the queen of a small nation, I would give all my subjects an American education by loading them onto a plane and sending them here and allow this country to shelter, educate and feed them. Why break my poor country’s bank account when I can allow America to do it for me?
One of the main reasons given for so many young people coming is President Obama’s announcement of DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The plan was to not deport children brought into this country illegally by their parents because they had no choice in the matter. The reality is that the people in Latin America saw the blurb and began sending their children to be included in the action. The bigger problem, as I see it, is that Valerie Jarrett announced soon after Obama was sworn in for his second term that Immigration Reform was going to be his legacy. The current debacle is what happens when the emphasis is on leaving a legacy as opposed to solving the problem.
Just this past weekend, the Obama Administration announced he was authorizing $1 billion to go toward the problem whereas earlier this year, his “My Brother’s Keeper” program got a paltry $200 million and that was from private industry. I guess it is not as important to keep young black men all over this country well fed, educated and sheltered and from going into a life of crime as it is to take care of young people who purposely cross the border illegally.
Just looking at the disparity in the amount of money makes me wonder what kind of “keeping” is going to be occurring. Is this current crisis a ploy to force the issue of immigration reform using pictures of little kids and their mothers? What few in the media or government will mention the price tag we’ll have to pay for all of this? A mother showing up at the border with her children when not one of them can speak English, has little to no work skills of value that this country needs, does not have money to feed and clothe them and herself yet wants to be in America is nothing but a foreign national welfare recipient whom taxpayers will have to take care of until a hearing is held.
Congress should deduct the amount we spend on their citizens who we have in custody from any monies we send those countries annually. It would be very interesting to see if they would be willing to lose their foreign aid for not working both sides of the fence.
And if you are one of those who want to believe that being here illegally doesn’t pay, I’ll say this: Obama Aunt Zeituni Onyango. She died earlier this year. Although she was here illegally, she still managed to get a government subsidized apartment, be on Medicaid and get a monthly check. Currently our illegal alien population is predominantly young people.
But should they bring in their elderly and do their version of Aunt Zeituni, what then?