Immigration Lies and Hypocrisy

Illegal border crossings are down over 70%
We should not fall prey to people who criticize our efforts to combat illegal immigration and who pompously say, “We're a nation of immigrants!” The debate is not over immigration. The debate is over illegal immigration.

U.S.A.-( President Donald Trump reportedly asked why the U.S. is “having all these people from shithole countries come here.” I think he could have used better language, but it's a question that should be asked and answered. I have a few questions for my fellow Americans to consider. How many Norwegians have illegally entered our nation, committed crimes and burdened our prison and welfare systems? I might ask the same question about Finnish, Swedish, Welsh, Icelanders, Greenlanders and New Zealanders. The bulk of our immigration problem is with people who enter our country criminally from Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. It's illegal immigrants from those countries who have committed crimes and burdened our criminal justice and welfare systems. A large number of immigrants who are here illegally — perhaps the majority, are law-abiding in other respects — have fled oppressive, brutal and corrupt regimes to seek a better life in America.

In the debate about illegal immigration, there are questions that are not explicitly asked but can be answered with a straight “yes” or “no”: Does everyone in the world have a right to live in the U.S.? Do Americans have a right to decide who and under what conditions a person may enter our country? Should we permit foreigners landing at our airports to ignore U.S. border control laws just as some ignore our laws at our southern border? The reason those questions are not asked is that one would be deemed an idiot for saying that everyone in the world has a right to live in our country, that Americans don't have a right to decide who lives in our country and that foreigners landing at our airports have a right to just ignore U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

Immigration today, even when legal, is different from the immigration of yesteryear. People who came here in the 19th century and most of the 20th century came here to learn our language, learn our customs, and become Americans. Years ago, there was a guarantee that immigrants came here to work, because there was no welfare system; they worked, begged or starved. Today, there is no such assurance. Because of our welfare state, immigrants can come here and live off taxpaying Americans.

There is another difference between today and yesteryear. Today, Americans are taught multiculturalism throughout their primary, secondary and college education. They are taught that one culture is no better or worse than another. To believe otherwise is criticized at best as Eurocentrism and at worst as racism. As a result, some immigrant groups seek to bring to our country the cultural values whose failures have led to the poverty, corruption and human rights violations in their home countries that caused them to flee. As the fallout from President Trump's indelicate remarks demonstrates, too many Americans are afraid and unwilling to ask which immigrant groups have become a burden to our nation and which have made a contribution to the greatness of America.

What is very unfortunate for our nation is that we have political groups that seek to use illegal immigration for their own benefit. They've created sanctuary cities and states that openly harbor criminals — people who have broken our laws. The whole concept of sanctuary cities is to give aid, comfort and sympathy to people who have broken our laws. Supporters want to prevent them from having to hide and live in fear of discovery. I'd ask whether, for the sake of equality before the law, we should apply the sanctuary concept to Americans who have broken other laws, such as robbers and tax evaders.

We should not fall prey to people who criticize our efforts to combat illegal immigration and who pompously say, “We're a nation of immigrants!” The debate is not over immigration. The debate is over illegal immigration. My sentiments on immigrants who are here legally, and who want to become Americans, are expressed by the sentiments in Emma Lazarus' poem “The New Colossus,” which is on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty and in part says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

About Walter E.WilliamsWalter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa’s War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

  • 23 thoughts on “Immigration Lies and Hypocrisy

    1. Why is it that no one ever suggests exporting to the immigrants countries what ever it is that they come here for so that they can have it too – in their own space. Let’s start by giving Washington DC to Africa and see how that works out. Through in Hollywood too so DC has a bedfellow. We’ll do fine without them.

    2. Mark You don’t believe in much except when you want government to protect life, liberty and property. Well without legal emigration 100mil illegals would invade this country you ass clown. But that would be ok with you.

    3. Times have changed. Numbers have changed. The acculturation goals of immigrants have changed. Terrorism has changed. Ability to go west and find some empty land has changed. Ability to support a family even if you are willing to work has changed. Everything has changed. The fact is that people who come here illegally are, by definition, criminals. Do we want to allow criminals into our country? Here is something to consider. Is a person who ignores a “no parking handicap zone” sign more or less likely to ignore a sign that says “55MPH”? Is a person who ignores a speed limit sign more or less likely to ignore the law that says “no insider trading allowed.?” And finally, is a person who breaks an immigration law more or less likely to break other laws? Doesn’t the disrespect for one law suggest disrespect for other, or even all laws?

    4. Until the late 19th-century immigration was the responsibility of the individual states. As more and more immigrants began pouring in, Americans began to express concern about the “desirability” of some of them. The Federal government took control of the problem with the Immigration Act of 1891. Immigrants were given medical examinations and answered questions intended to weed out undesirables.
      We have now spun 180 degrees. It is the states that are concerned about the flood of unchecked flow of illegals, and the Democrats in the Federal government doing everything possible to hinder state efforts to control the problem.
      If the situation did not do so much damage to our nation it would be funny.

    5. MS13, the Russian mob and similar bands of illegals get little or no mention when the media and liberals discuss our immigration issues. Like Mr. Williams states, it is not immigration that is being debated. It is illegal immigration and I just cannot understand why this seems such a difficult concept for them to understand.

    6. When exactly did it become “illegal” to immigrate to the USA? Surely there was a time in “our” history that it wasn’t against the law to travel here from any other part of the world and make a way for yourself and family in a lawful manner. Well, then again, was it ever really lawful to kill the original inhabitants or sequester them into “reservations”?
      In another words, when did some men who are our presumed “authority” decide to limit the immigration of other people into the USA? Just curious if you know…because how can something that was NOT illegal become illegal except by the whim of men and women who are our presumed “leaders”? Oh, that’s right 1790 when the new “government” whatever that is, decided to. Oh wait, when the new presumed “leaders” decided to. So why should we follow what some morons in 1790 did? I mean it is what over 200 years since those brain dead idiots decided what we should or should not do.

      1. Who let you out of Mama’s basement?
        Let me ask you a question. If I illegally entered your house, would you be responsible for feeding and clothing me? Or would you call the police and have me removed?
        I would bet the latter would be your response.

      2. @Mark A, all the men and women of Congress, and the many Presidents sent to work on behalf of and defend the citizens of this country have been fashioning immigration procedures for many decades. So the becoming illegal has been an ongoing defense of Americans and American jobs almost since the beginning. Why do you object to immigration laws that are meant to protect you and our beloved nation from becoming a turd world country?

        1. Because I believe anyone should be able to live wherever they want with no restrictions put on them by men who make made up borders on a map. We are all human beings and we live on Earth. Which is what I am. An Earthling. I don’t believe in countries. I don’t believe in government except to protect the right to life, liberty and property. I don’t think that anyone should have to support anyone else. So if an immigrant can’t support himself or family he should go somewhere where he can. It is obvious to me that most people are functional communists and would fight you to the death to keep it that way. Sooo…

          1. Mark Are, that world is a long time in the future. “When in Rome….” In this case Rome has laws. Obey them or stay out. We can’t take in everybody who wants to come.

          2. @Mark Are, Hundreds of legal and political thinkers disagree with you. Thousands of governments, past and present disagree with you. Millions of legislators and jurists, over the years, disagree with you. Billions of people over thousands of years disagree with you. Even the illegal aliens that come here disagree with you. As soon as they can get their extended family here, they want the door slammed closed. But you are the smart one.

          3. “I don’t believe in government except to protect the right to life, liberty and property.”

            Your above statement underscores your stupidity. The very immigration laws that you abhor are meant to provide the services in your statement quoted above. What is the difference between a country’s border on a map and your property lines on a plat map – both are made up by men. You are a hypocrite of the highest degree. Your contradictions reek of immaturity and on-sided political indoctrination.

            Maybe one day you will put down the keyboard, wedge your overweight Cheetos infested body out of your mother’s basement, shower, and see what the real world is like.

      3. Obviously you should donate your own home and to to help some poor illegal immigrant. Time for Democrats to step up and do the right thing. My daughter in law is a Legal immigrant. Took over a year band hundreds of dollars, along with tons of paperwork. Legal immigrants tend to obey laws so that they can stay here. Illegals are crimanols by definition. Hey, why don’t you try to sneak into Mexico or Guatemala? Oh yeah, they deport every illegal. We should too.

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