Friday, June 08, 2007

WHY WE DON'T DEFEND OUR BORDERS

Presidential candidate Duncan Hunter notes on his official campaign website that the Kennedy-McCain immigration bill currently before the Senate calls for the construction of only 370 of the 854 miles of fence mandated by last year’s Secure Fence Act—and that only 11 miles have thus far been built. Meanwhile, former Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan ponders the proposed legalization of 12 to 20 million aliens in this country and terms it “national suicide.”

Many Americans are familiar with arguments put forward on both sides of the immigration debate—the argument that illegals stimulate the economy by filling jobs that would otherwise go wanting, and the counter-argument that they depress wages for employees in labor-intensive industries.

They’ve heard that undocumented immigrants help support the Social Security system, and they’ve seen a recent Heritage Foundation calculation that puts the net entitlement cost per illegal household at $20,000. They know that PBS lauds the virtues of diversity and that Roger Hedgecock deplores a “press one for English” society.

They’ve listened to border control advocates who observe that most illegals don’t have high school diplomas—and to activists who tout the work ethic of folks who only want to support their families. They’ve been told that the pending Kennedy-McCain legislation will bring illegals “out of the shadows”—and that Z visas for folks who broke the rules will spawn a greater wave of illegal immigration in the future—as happened after the 1986 amnesty.

What is seldom pondered in this contentious debate, however, is why a nation would largely ignore its immigration laws in the first place—and thus invite the dissolution of its culture. That’s a question to which I’ve given a lot of thought.

Nations, I think, have few problems regulating immigration as long as they retain confidence in their heritage and feel deserving, to some degree, of the blessings they enjoy. On both those counts many Americans are now uncertain.

For almost five decades Michael Moore media types and humanities professors have tried to convince Americans that the U.S. is a nation not of brave patriots, but of racist robber barons. Indeed, the author of our most popular American history textbook, Howard Zinn, recently said in an interview with talk-show host Dennis Prager, that, on balance, his nation had done more bad than good.

One must add to this drumbeat of self-hatred the shame that rightly attends a society that’s sanctioned 45 million abortions and tolerates, or revels in, a vast cultural cesspool. Individuals bearing this moral burden find it hard to tell foreign laborers who earn a tenth of what low-wage Americans earn that they must follow the rules. In the moral scale of things, not getting in line to cross a border seems a lot less reprehensible than indulging and exporting a pop-culture that sexualizes kids, glorifies rule-breaking, and regularly ridicules flag-waving churchgoers.

In short, unless we reclaim our heritage and get our moral act together, the will to preserve our culture won’t be there—nor should it be.

1 comment:

joanna dillon said...

I have rather strong opinions on this topic. Having worked in the County Human Services system for 5 years I have seen how these illegal immigrants are sucking our system dry. I have seen it from the public assistance side as well as from the child support side. Many (not all) of these illegal immigrants think nothing of knocking up a young American citizen while supporting a family back in Mexico. Once he finds out that she's expecting his child, all bets are off. Suddenly he is no where to be found. Subsequently, the welfare system is burdened with another mouth to feed and another young mother is left with no child support and a life long "burden" to support this child on her own.

The problem with illegal immigration is simple. The existing laws are NOT being enforced. I am not against anyone becoming a US citizen. I am against someone living in this country illegally. Immigration laws are in place for a reason. The argument that these people hold jobs that US citizens won't is bogus. The reason that US citizens won't hold these jobs is because the employer won't pay what should be paid to the employee. They have become accustomed to the "cheap" labor that is provided by the illegal. These illegals do not contribute to the social security system. They are usually paid in cash with no withholdings. Also, the majority of the money doesn't stay within the US either. It is sent to Mexico via Western Union (or the likes) to support the family that was left behind.

I don't know if a fence is the answer but there has to be some type of enforcement of the laws that are already in existance!!