“If the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else … But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American.”
Pres. Teddy Roosevelt
Our country’s history is one of lawful, sensible immigration. But in our kindness, Americans have allowed immigration to spiral so much out of control it threatens our future.
National security is a primary obligation of our federal government, and most countries enforce border security and travel of non-citizens. We must take an “all of the above” approach to secure our border and stop the river of drugs, violence, and crime that flows across it: yes, this includes a wall.
Our wild-west immigration policy is hopelessly outdated for the modern world. Conservative estimates have long stated that 11 million people are here illegally, but recent studies show it could be more than twice that. For the last several decades, we have rewarded people for breaking our laws.
Our first priority must be to end the policies and practices in our broken system that invite monsters to harm and exploit children and women traveling to our borders. Second, we must not reward those who have violated our laws with fast-tracks to citizenship. America – and the world – cannot afford to let its destiny be determined by those whose first experience with it was to break its laws.
Furthermore, we must reform our legal immigration policy, whereby 1.5 million enter our country every year. We should also end birth tourism and reform the practice chain migration. We must reform our asylum system so that it cannot be abused by those looking to jump the line. The United States must also shut its doors to those likely to go on public assistance or pose potential security risks.
No nation has survived by trivializing its own citizenship. The US cannot afford to ignore the lessons of history. National security is a primary obligation of our federal government, and it is long overdue time to resolve these problems once and for all – before our kindness becomes our undoing.
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