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Does Respect for Our Borders Matter?

By Rob Tenery, MD on November 5, 2018

“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” Ronald Reagan

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 A caravan of thousands of Hondurans is crossing Mexico on their way to our southern border in hopes of starting a better life. According to Vice President Pence, the President of Honduras told him that this movement was organized by leftists groups in Honduras and financed by Venezuela. More specifically, Honduran radio host, Bartolo Fuentes started this current movement when he offered to help a few dozen migrants go north feeling that the group would be safer if they banded together.

The Democrats may not have created this caravan of migrants. But by their support for eliminating ICE, open borders, sanctuary cities and states, free health care in California, no more funding for a wall on the border with Mexico and ultimately amnesty, encourages this flood of illegal immigrants.

It is ironic how three leading Democrats have changed their position on illegal immigration now that Trump is in power. Several years ago at an open rally, Hillary Clinton said, “I voted numerous times when I was a Senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in.” Senator Chuck Schumer said, “People who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens, and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who enter the US legally.” “Those who enter our country illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of law. And because we live in an age where terrorists are challenging our borders, we cannot allow people to pour into the U.S.  undetected, undocumented and unchecked,” quoted thenPresident Barack Obama.

Supporter of those in this caravan, Hispanic spokesman Jorge Ramos claims they are refugees and should not be prejudged, even though drug cartel and MS 13 gang members have been reportedly identified in the group. A spokesperson for The Department of Homeland Security reports that citizens of countries outside Central America including countries in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia have also joined the caravan.

President Trump has claimed that he will cut off aid to Honduras, which is about $65.8 million, if their government doesn’t assist in turning their caravan around.

According to one study conducted in 2017: At the federal, state and local levels, (United States’) taxpayers shelled out approximately $134.9 billion to cover the costs incurred by the presence of more than 12.5 million illegal aliens, and about 4.2 million citizen children of illegal aliens.

Although Trump has blamed liberal Democrats for what he calls the ‘Catch & Release’ program, the phrase refers to policies, court precedents, executive actions and federal statutes spanning more than 20 years, of Democratic and Republican administrations.*

Reportedly, coached what to say after they are apprehended, the illegal immigrants use the ‘credible fear claim’ that they face persecution in their country of origin during their field asylum interview.  80% pass and are assigned a date to appear in court for a hearing.

In February 2017,Trump issued an Executive Order to end the catch-and-release policies. But even today thousands of people are still being released from detention while they await immigration hearings, partially due to the limited space available for detention. With close to 700,000 waiting for a hearing, 80% fail to justify their stay and are then sent back to their original country of origin. Because of the high percentage of negative court judgments and continuing hopes of a better way of life, 95% fail to show up for their hearings and easily disappear into the invisible fabric of this country.

Vowing to stop those in the caravan’s entry, President Trump called their attempt to come into this country illegally an assault on our nation. At the least, this caravan is an assault on this country’s immigration laws. The real concern is if the group successfully gains entrance, then this may only be the tip of an iceberg for others that will follow. It is being reported that a caravan is forming up in El Salvador and another in Honduras.

Currently, the politics of getting votes by the Democrats and wanting cheap labor by the Republican have clouded the mounting illegal immigration concerns. To get to the solution of aiding and abetting illegal immigration requires more strict enforcement of the alien smuggling legislation codified under Title 8 of the United States Code, Section 1324 that makes those acts, or attempts of, a crime.

This country’s beneficence to immigrants and refugees is without comparison. However, there are limits on this country’s support systems. Without better control of those who enter this country and how much our own citizens are willing to sacrifice to make room for others who are looking for a better life, is a test of Ronald Reagan’s prediction of our nation’s sovereignty. 





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