While the soaring rhetoric between political camps wrestle with the Main Stream Media over the semantics of what is or is not an Illegal alien, undocumented worker, “Dreamer”, or Visa Challenged Immigrant; the fact of the matter is, it is not an immigration issue, it is a national security problem.
Although the political parties and media distort this topic as primarily a race issue that is composed exclusively of Latin American people crossing the southern border of the United States with the help of drug and human smugglers, it runs deeper. Undocumented immigrants come from all parts of the world, many remain here for years on expired visas.
Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has driven this issue to the front of the debate and national discussion because neither party wants to tackle the painful truth of the matter. They chose to milk it for the political advantage it can render if played as a wedge issue.
Here is where Mr. Trump is spot on; while illegal, undocumented immigrants total about 3.5% of the U.S. population, they account for 36.7% of convictions for Federal crimes in FY 2014.
“Broken down by some of the primary offenses, illegal immigrants represented 16.8 percent of drug trafficking cases, 20.0 percent of kidnapping/hostage taking, 74.1 percent of drug possession, 12.3 percent of money laundering, and 12.0 percent of murder convictions.”[Carolyn May, 7 July 2015]
The opposition cry has been that it is unrealistic to remove so many illegal immigrants for a variety of hand wringing reasons and straw-man rationales. However, the U.S. Federal Prison system has already rounded-up the most dastardly and undeserving of the amnesty many pro-illegal immigration advocates demand. The most deportable are already in jail.
“The USSC data only deals with federal offenders sentenced under the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 (SRA) and does not include other categories like state cases, death penalty cases, or “cases initiated but for which no convictions were obtained, offenders convicted for whom no sentences were yet issued, and offenders sentenced but for whom no sentencing documents were submitted to the Commission.”” [Carloyn May, 7 July 2015]
It is interesting to note that this study uncovered the disproportionate difference of Federal crimes sentencing between illegal and legal immigrants. It amounted to a staggering, gaping difference of 36.7% sentencing for illegal immigrants versus 4.0% of legal immigrants.
These figures do not include State or Municipal sentencing of major crimes or for lesser violations. The evidence is unarguably clear that illegal immigrants account for a very large portion of Federal level crimes, but they represent a smaller fraction of the population. Take into consideration, these are only convictions and sentencing. This does not account for unsolved crimes or at-large criminals from the illegal immigrant study group.
The growing violent crime statistics in the U.S.A are driven up by gangs. Most notorious among these are the MS-13 gang. MS-13 is a gang from El Salvador that illegally immigrated to the U.S. and incubated in Los Angeles. Over the years, their penchant for unusual brutality and violence, helped them to dominate the drug dealing community and expand into 42 U.S. States. They also command influence inside many Federal prisons, responsible for murders and violence perpetrated there.
USA Today reported: “Criminal gangs in the USA have swelled to an estimated 1 million members responsible for up to 80% of crimes in communities across the nation, according to a gang threat assessment compiled by federal officials.”
The report continues: “Michael Sullivan, the departing director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, says the gang’s dependence on shocking violence to advance extortion, prostitution and other criminal enterprises has frustrated attempts to infiltrate and disrupt the insular group’s activities.
“MS-13’s foothold in the U.S. is expanding,” Sullivan says.
Kaiser says the street gang is in 42 states, up from 33 in 2005. “Enforcement efforts have been effective to a certain extent, but they (gang members) keep moving,” he says.
Nashville, Tennessee Sheriff Daron Hall stated the MS-13 gained a foothold and grew rapidly over the last 5 years in his jurisdiction in direct correlation to the influx of illegal immigrants.
“During the last two years, 14 MS-13 members pleaded guilty on charges ranging from murder to obstruction of justice. Last April, county officials began checking the immigration status of all arrestees. “We know we have removed about 100 gang members, including MS-13,” to U.S. authorities for deportation, Hall says.”
Aaron Escorza, chief of the FBI’s MS-13 National Gang Task Force was formed to cope with the alarming spread of this gang since 2004. “Escorza says a “revolving door” on the border has kept the gang’s numbers steady — about 10,000 in the U.S. — even as many illegal immigrant members are deported.
The FBI, which has two agents in El Salvador to help identify and track members in Central America and the United States, plans to dispatch four more agents to Guatemala and Honduras, Escorza says.”
The conclusion to be drawn here is this is a direct national security threat to the sovereign states of the Union because the national borders are porous, undefended, and pose a threat to the civilian population. Mr. Trump speaks to this issue with all the seriousness it deserves and has been lacking from all but a few Presidential candidates, except for the outspoken Senator Ted Cruz.
No one asked if Mexico is so diligent and hard-nosed as to imprison for nearly a year an American citizen, who is an active duty Marine for making a U-Turn into Mexico and held without trial for this harmless infraction; then why are they not guarding their border when illegal immigrants, drug smugglers, gang members pour into the United States from the Mexican side? Mr. Trump has raised a very serious point that no one wants to begin to address.
Why is it not a national security issue when millions of unaccounted for aliens have crossed into the United States, violating federal and State laws, to create a crime wave of such magnitude to equal a criminal invasion?
Why is not the minimal amount of common-sense scrutiny applied when we all have witnessed, at one point or another a line jumper at the super -market or waiting on que for tickets at the stadium, are pulled out and told to go to the end of the line and wait their turn. However, the legal immigrants who abide by U.S. immigration laws, sometimes for years, are expected to flounder while others jump the “line” and are smuggled into the country by drug and human traffickers?
Every one of you, be you an advocate for blanket amnesty or some other pathway to citizenship plan, or so-called dreamer, to a person, take the precautions to lock your home, close your windows, lock your car doors for security reasons. Yet, these same advocates argue against national border security safeguards, even so simple as a wall. But, if you found your home occupied by unwelcome intruders or anyone sleeping and eating inside your car, you would demand they be removed by the police immediately, without discussion or delay. These opposing arguments make no sense at all.
No longer should this issue be debated in the context of immigration reform. It is a lack of immigration law enforcement. This is a serious national security threat that is growing exponentially and out of control precisely because it was permitted to do so unabated. First begin with those already in the penal system. Next identify the foreign criminal element and round them up for deportation. Do this with the aim of reducing the burden of cost on the criminal justice system and reap from it the dividend of protecting American citizens from being their victims as well as their financial under-writers.
A nation that no longer controls its’s sovereignty by protecting it’s borders, will soon cease to be a nation of sovereigns, but instead be transformed into a police state or dissolve into a state of anarchy. We only need to look to present day Europe. Illegal immigration into every corner of the United Kingdom has challenged British society.
The recent mass immigration invasion over multiple borders in Europe, pouring in a mixture of North African and Middle-Eastern young men that are rendering those individual nations unrecognizable. In order to reverse the anarchy that is soon to follow with this massive influx of a foreign population, that refuse to follow the rule of law, the government will soon resort to harsh measures that will turn them into a police state.
Will this fate befall the United States of America? It will be up to an informed American electorate to determine the future character of what will become of the last free nation on Earth.