Wall and Legalization
Coming together and defending U.S. borders
By Alan Nathan
Published April 12, 2006
There are more than 12 million illegal immigrants in the United
States, while another
400,000 enter from Mexico every year. The tedious and atrophic
arguments of "stop being xenophobic because we need them
for our economy" vs. "they make us less secure and
drain social services" are at a hopeless impasse. The dueling
proponents sound like drunken sailors in a sinking ship debating
whether they should plug up the hole or bail out the water. There
is a way to bring these sides partly together and prevent the
We should put up a wall or a fence at both the northern and
southern borders to the United States, and create a fast-track
apparatus to citizenship for all non-documented aliens without
criminal records. We could significantly shrink the hemorrhaging
traffic while providing to illegal residents a strong enough
motive to come forth and reveal their identities for the record.
It's a Solomonic compromise delivering unambiguous toughness
at the borders while enhancing our national security through
Past amnesty programs have failed despite the upside of luring
illegal aliens into the light of public notice because lawmakers
allowed for the downside of creating incentives for more illegal
crossings. Without the counterweighing prevention of a wall at
the borders, otherwise laudable gains were sadly neutralized.
When they're not done together, everybody loses.
Those liking walls but hating amnesty will rightly point to
the unfairness inflicted upon foreigners who endured the mind-numbing
challenge of applying for citizenship legally. For those immigrants,
such a compromise is truly a smack in the face. However, unless
we're willing to allocate the necessary assets for the managed
expulsion of illegal aliens, we must choose either the ongoing
national security risk of 12 million non-documented people, or
the removal of that vulnerability through their legalized residency.
It would also prove economically beneficial in that we could
then collect their taxes to fund the very social programs they
use but don't financially support.
liking amnesty but hating walls shall have a less tenable
position. A nation without protected borders is not a real
country because their absence makes us nothing more than
a continuation of the country next to us. Echoing numerous
congressional members while on NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show,” Katty
Kay of the BBC likened such a strategy to the Berlin Wall.
However, what she and other amnesiacs misplace from history
is that the Berlin Wall separated a common people while this
barrier would protect a common people -- it can't be dividing
Americans if it's physically encircling them.
in Los Angeles and elsewhere, we've had immigrants protesting
passionately with signs reading, "we are not
criminals." While that's mostly true, it's the measure of
nothing. All nations have the right and obligation to protect
their citizens through strengthened borders and those entitlements
are not contingent upon the approval of any foreign citizenry.
And while the vast majority of illegal immigrants from the south
are not criminals, their existing lawbreakers are numerous enough
to justify concern.
On Jan. 10, the Associated Press reported that federal officials
had alerted Border Patrol agents that Mexican smugglers were
angry over increased security and would be transporting members
of the Mara Salvatrucha gang or (MS-13) into the United States.
Their mission is to perform multiple killings of Border Patrol
agents along with committing other crimes necessary to increase
their financial prowess. Originally formed by El Salvadorian
immigrants residing in Los Angeles, MS-13 has 30,000 members
throughout 33 states, including Virginia, Maryland and the District.
The feds have not withdrawn this warning as they remain an ongoing
threat -- time for us to grow up.
Imbecilic and racist are those who fail to understand that 97
percent of these immigrants are quality people any country would
be lucky to have as eventual citizens. However, only morons would
contend that the politically correct fear of being labeled a
racist somehow trumps the right to protect our borders.
Unfortunately, despite its wanting relevance, the race card
is often used whenever discussions over this subject ensue. Regardless
of the practitioner's ethnicity, too frequently this tactic proves
to be the bigot's first move though he parades himself as the
one first aggrieved by prejudice. Regrettably, this results in
camouflaging ignorance as if it were progressive enlightenment.
Because we're a nation of immigrants, we're also a country of
many races. But the Los Angeles protests were conducted in a
way that says tightened security and racial openness are mutually
exclusive and this exposes a disturbing myopia. In multiple polls
across multiple racial lines, the majority of Americans consistently
argue for a clampdown on illegal immigration. Consequently, the
black, Hispanic, Asian, white and Middle Eastern citizens of
this country are entitled to have some benefit of the doubt exhibited
by those aspiring to become their fellow citizens.