Illegal immigration is a hot-button issue that flares up every so often. During the last few weeks, “think of the children” has been the battle cry of many on the political left, with a few allies from the right jumping in to voice their condemnation of the alleged mistreatment of illegal aliens that have entered our southern border. Those politicians and their fellow quislings in the mainstream media have waxed poetic on several different platforms, lambasting President Trump and his administration for enforcing current U.S. laws, some of which date back to the Clinton era (e.g., family separation).
Interestingly, despite nonstop negative coverage and propaganda pieces like the Time magazine cover that featured an illegal immigrant girl crying to an unsympathetic Trump with the caption that read “Welcome to America,” POTUS had a 10-point gain in his approval rating with Latino/Hispanic voters. This, according to a late-June Harvard/Harris poll, as reported in The Hill.
How does that make any sense? Members of the media, Congress, and celebrities tend to look at Latinos as a monolithic group sans nuance. When you grow up with your family members telling stories about how difficult it was to migrate to the U.S., and how intense the citizenship process was, you tend to have less sympathy for people who have no regard for the nation’s laws and a lack of respect for the process. Case in point, during an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon in July 2014, Mexican-American comedian Paul Rodriguez stunned the panel and the host by stating that we should be enforcing immigration laws, because if we accept the 2014 batch of children (and of course their parents), it will send a message to other families in Mexico and Central America that the U.S. border is merely a suggestion, hence exacerbating the problem.
In addition to the problems the U.S. faces with illegal immigration, women and girls are routinely raped en route to the U.S. (the number is reported to be around 80 percent), usually by cartel members, corrupt officials, fellow migrants, and coyotes (people smugglers), according to a Sept. 14, 2014, Huffington Post article (updated Dec. 6, 2017).
If one is to think about the children, we must build a wall to deter further inflows of illegals, and return the children, their parents, and other illegals safely to their home countries. Once there, they can fight against their country’s corrupt leaders and create better futures for themselves. We cannot be the world’s welfare program; we have plenty of issues to tend to at home.
By Hector Jose Mariscal
Hector J. Mariscal is a registered Independent and a son of legal immigrants from Latin America. A military veteran serving four years of active duty with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division out of Ft. Bragg, N.C., he is a graduate of Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, N.J., with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He currently works for a not-for-profit in Washington, D.C.