It is said that one of the requirements of a nation is its ability to control its own borders.
Some countries, such as the old East Germany, North Korea, or just the old Soviet Union, had borders set up to keep their citizens from escaping. Some countries might only worry about the border as a demarcation between their neighbors, while others wish to enforce their borders as a way to keep their national identity from being diluted by the cultures that immigrants will bring into their borders.
For sure, the United States is a country of immigrants, as with the exception of the Native Americans, this country was settled by people from other countries. When the settlers from Europe arrived they found a good portion of the landscape populated by various tribes, with their own cultures, who would slowly find themselves pushed west, or put into reservations. historically this is tragic but it was basically a result of not being able to control, or even have, borders.
Over a period of time the United States started to take notice of the influx of new citizens and established ports of entry through which new arrivals could legally enter the country.
We have had immigration laws since just after the government was formed. These laws covered not only who could enter the country but who could be a citizen, or naturalized.
There are a number of reasons that we would wish to secure our borders:
- Illegal aliens who come into the country for better jobs, or to escape oppression in their own country. Many of them are desperate, and so they do not bother with the legal stuff. Kind of like the guy who is hungry and so he breaks the window at your house and then sits down at the table with you as if he expects you to feed him. Many of these people have been known to bring drugs across the border, they don’t have papers to prove their residence and so they can not legally obtain jobs. This last bit would require the use of fraudulent identity papers, or, as some people would call it, IDENTITY THEFT.
- Don’t forget the drug smugglers.
- This you have a terrorist who just wants to kill us. Though I have not really seen much about terrorist getting in this way, as they seem to use visitor visas.
- We also have to be alert for the smuggling of so-called “dirty bombs”.
The point here is that WE DO have laws covering how people can gain entry to the United States, and how we enforce those laws shows the type of commitment we have to be a sovereign nation.
Here comes the really fun part. How do you enforce your laws? That would depend on how much you value being able to control your own borders. The way I see it there are two main points of control, border security, things like walls or even alligator filled moats, and internal security, this being ways to verify that people getting jobs are legally eligible to have those jobs.
One of the ways to verify the person’s eligibility for employment is called e-verify. This is, as far as I understand it, a way to connect all of a person’s document in such a way that their identity and nationality can be verified. President Trump only stated to use it in 2018 after several of the “fake news” organizations reported that he, or his companies, were hiring undocumented workers, read that illegal immigrant. Doing this earlier, and without the impression that he was being forced to do so, would have lent more believability to his urgency about building a wall.
Any measure that is undertaken, be it a wall or an electronic verification process, is subject to an old security adage “no security plan is perfect”. Given enough time and effort and security system can be bypassed.
The most you can hope to accomplish with security is to keep the honest person honest, make the time and effort they put into subverting that system more trouble than its worth or make them take enough time doing it that they are detected and apprehended.
Yes, if the democrats were to cooperate in national security, we could build a wall, do the verify thing and cut down on the number of illegal aliens who will help us bankrupt the social security system but, what does it really matter
There was a recent report, an analysis of the census data, that gave a timeframe of 20 to 30 years before Hispanics outnumber whites and blacks. The question then is : will they have grown up as part of the American identity, or will the be like a couple of our new Congresswomen who have shown us they know nothing, or little, about the way this country works.
Who knows. In 30 to 50 years from now, this country could be another 3rd rate Latin American country with Nukes.
That Joe Guy.