Build the Damned Wall
This means that it’s a case of immigration that violated the laws of the country you immigrated into. To legally immigrate into this country, you have to follow the laws and meet all of the requirements. The politically correct try to pass off undocumented aliens as a term for illegal immigrants but it doesn’t work, undocumented is still illegal and everyone knows it.
Full disclosure, I’m the son of an immigrant, I’m also the grandson of immigrants, my family is in this country because America offered opportunity that wasn’t available in Italy when my father came here. My father turned 21 in 1950, all he could look forward to in Italy was working on the small family farm. The farm supported the family, by producing food and a small income to provide cash to support their other needs, but it couldn’t support the extended family that the six sons and one daughter would grow into. The family dispersed, two to France, two to Canada, one to Australia and one to America and one stayed in Italy.
Through an arranged marriage my father married the daughter of an older cousin who immigrated to America, legally in the 1920s. Eighteen months passed after the wedding before my father could join his new wife, and by 1956 my father became a Naturalized Citizen.
It’s a long and difficult process to legally immigrate into this country and it should be; parts of the world suffer from poverty, socialists, dictators and war. America is a stable prosperous and safe environment to live and support a family.
Most of the people in the world want to live in America even as they hate Americans, because the streets are paved with gold. At least in France and Italy after WWII that’s what they said about America and that’s why so many people displaced by the war tried to come to America.
Look at most of the successful people in America today and you can trace back their heritage to an immigrant who arrived in this country in the not too distant past. We are a melting pot, that’s what makes us great and strong.
One big reason President Trump won the election is because he promised to build a wall between us and Mexico; to minimize illegal immigration and that appealed to many voters.
I don’t like having to press one for English, English is the native tongue in America, I don’t mind someone else having to press two if they want tin information in Spanish or a different language, but I expect it to be assumed the message is in English.
Part of the melting pot requires that you assimilate into your new country. By all means stay proud of your heritage, keep it alive and keep your customs and foods, but remember you’re now an American and embrace this country and its flag and its customs too.
There’s no way to talk about immigration and not talk about jobs. When my father came to this country and couldn’t speak the language, he got a job in a lumber yard owned by another Italian where he could load and unload building supplies for a small hourly wage and support himself, his wife, and his children.
When he outgrew that job he got a job in a plastics factory sweeping the floors and cleaning the bathrooms until he earned a job working with fiberglass, from that job he was hired by Grumman Aerospace, where he made fiberglass parts for aircraft and the Lunar Module.
Those were good steady jobs where he was paid well, but not well enough to support his family on Long Island, he had to start a business, lawn maintenance, where he could keep his job at Grumman and supplement his income by working hard.
Look back to the early 1970s, you could buy a house for $20,000 and a year of tuition in a good school cost about $900 a semester. The transition today from unskilled labor to supporting and educating six children is impossible. Most good schools are a minimum of $20,000 a semester and that house for $20,000 in the early 70’s is around $400,000 today. Unskilled labor won’t support any of that.
Most manufacturing is more high tech than years ago; equipment, robots, electronics all allow for more technology in the manufacturing process and fewer people to perform the labor. Unskilled, semi-skilled, and skilled labor all are competing for jobs. Our citizens are raising families and we’re growing as all populations grow. We’re already competing for jobs, sometimes there are plenty of jobs to go around and sometimes they’re tight.
I focus on the unskilled labor because that’s who most of the illegal immigrants are who are trying to get into this country illegally, the unskilled. Immigrants with the right skills have several legal paths to enter the country legally
Congress is responsible for passing Immigration law, when the House of Representatives and the Senate pass a bill it goes to the President who can sign it or veto it. Both Houses of Congress can override a veto with a vote of two thirds to override the veto, it rarely happens but it’s possible. This isn’t just for Immigration Law it’s the process for all laws.
Speaking of Immigration, Congress has done its part, they passed laws and we’re enforcing the laws. The only difference now that President Trump is in office is he’s trying to make us follow the laws that are on the books. President Obama couldn’t get Congress to pass a law that he wanted to protect those impacted by DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) so he tried to impact it with an executive order.
President Trump believed that The Obama executive order was wrong and it was also the wrong way to solve the problem, President Trump nullified the Obama executive order and put the burden on Congress to fix it, it’s their problem anyway. Congress has failed to fix the problem, and it doesn’t look like they’ll fix the problem because that would require each one to take a stand.
The members of congress and the senate have to keep the people who give them money happy. They get money from campaign contributions, election committees, PACs and an assortment of organizations that want a say in how they vote. You can’t take a stand on a difficult issue and keep everybody happy so they kick the can down the road.
The most recent immigration issue involves detaining children of people arrested for trying to enter the country illegally. They bring children with them because the Obama Administration trained them to do that. Judicial judgements from the past limited how long you could hold a minor and where you could hold a minor. A parent arrested for trying to illegally enter America were criminals and detained in a facility for criminals, minors couldn’t be held there so in the Obama Administration people intending to enter this country illegally brought their children with them because we wouldn’t prosecute; we let them all go free to try again in the future. The Trump administration has a zero tolerance policy with illegal immigrants so the parents are detained as criminal and the children are housed in a different facility.
As a result, in the uproar over that President Trump signed an executive order requiring the criminal adults to stay with their children but not in a criminal facility a Department of Homeland Security Facility.
That didn’t please the opposition, they wanted everybody released, they did not want the adults prosecuted. The change is they get to stay with their children until they are prosecuted.
There’re far too many conflicting interests to allow Congress to fix the problem. President Trump is stuck trying to follow the laws on the books and trying to live up to the promise he made when he ran for office, he wants to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.
Building a wall will significantly reduce the illegal traffic across our borders, it will reduce the number of children who are brought to the border by their parents who commit a crime while they should be responsible for their children. These are the villains in that story, the parents who take children with them as they commit a crime and then leave them to the system because they have their crimes to pay for.
Middle America wants immigration controlled, not an open border where anybody can come in. We have laws and we want them followed. The opposition wants our borders to be open for a variety of reasons; some want undocumented aliens to come in and vote for democrats, some want as many people who’re running away from poverty and oppression to settle here in America and make a safe prosperous life for themselves.
Whatever the reason it must be controlled by the laws of the land. Illegal immigration impacts our budget by billions of dollars a year, it impacts our populations and our tax structure; illegal aliens can get benefits without paying taxes, that puts a drain on our revenues that must be spent on other items.
The opposition wants to blame President Trump for everything, in this case he’s trying to follow the law and keep a campaign promise, if we build the wall that will help reduce illegal immigration, let’s build the wall and get our politicians to pass a law that will satisfy everyone. I don’t think it’s possible to satisfy everyone but they can pass a law that will be workable.
Let’s stop trying to blame President Trump for trying to follow the laws of the land. The real villains are those who whine and complain about illegal immigration, they can’t be pleased or satisfied. I don’t think they want an answer that they can live with, they just want it as a club to beat up President Trump. Their unindicted coconspirator in this are all the members of congress who’re afraid to debate and vote on a law that will come closer to satisfying the needs of the country. No one wants to be held accountable, they’re afraid to take a stand!
Most of them are just elected empty suits.