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“Are we a sovereign country or are we a joke?”-Jared Taylor

The nearly 2,000-mile United States-Mexico border spans the breadth of the North American continent and is the most frequently crossed border on the planet, with 350 million legal crossings per annum. While the vast majority of these crossings are for work (which is another seriously pressing issue to be discussed at a later date) or tourist reasons, the crossings that signify the movement of legal immigrants into the country are entirely too high, with 20% of the world’s migrants residing in a nation in the United States that represents just 4.28% of the world’s population and just 6% of its landmass. This, too, is an extremely pressing issue, one in which I have written extensively on, and will continue to do so.

American worker displacement, legal immigration, over-population, and environmental degradation are all inextricably intertwined, and must indeed be foremost of concerns in the minds of patriots, but these and the aforementioned legal crossings are not what concern us here today. I want to hone in on just one aspect of these crossings that are beyond just extremely damaging to the nation for a variety of reasons I will explicate, but that are more largely representative of a pattern we are seeing replicated across the Western world, a pattern that is indicative of the existential crisis we face.

The United States only has “effective control” of less than 700 miles, or less than 36%, of the total 1,954 miles of the US-Mexico border, with an ability to actually stop illegal entries along just 129 miles, or 6.6%, of that border. Five states in Mexico have the highest “do not travel” advisories per the U.S. State Department system, which puts Mexico on the same level as Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. Latin America has 8% of the world’s population but commits 38% of its murders. Between 52-62% of illegal aliens come from Mexico, and another roughly 20% from the rest of Latin America. It is little wonder that a recent survey of Texans found that 53% of registered voters want the Legislature to pass a similar law to the one found in Arizona, which would allow police to request proof of legal residency.

Estimates range from 11 million at the low end to 30 million at the high end in the total number of illegal aliens currently residing in the United States. Accepting the low-end figure (which is most likely too low), the products of illegals’ un-taxed labor, earnings which would otherwise go to American workers, represents $395 billion dollars, or roughly equivalent to Sweden’s national economy. In addition to these missing sources of revenue for the government and earnings for the struggling American worker, illegal aliens cost the American taxpayer $116 billion dollars per year.

A report from 2005 (GAO-05-337R) found that criminal aliens make up 27% of all federal prisoners. The 2011 GAO report was similar. There were 251,000 criminal aliens in federal, state, and local prisons and jails. Those aliens were arrested nearly 1.7 million times for close to three million criminal offenses. According to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, U.S. taxpayers fork over nearly $19 million a day to house and care for 300,000 to 450,000 convicted criminal immigrants who are eligible for deportation and are currently residing in local jails and state and federal prisons throughout the country.

Since the passing of a 1985 bill, hospitals are required to treat any emergency patient who can get within 250 yards of the facility; this includes childbirth. Due to a 14th Amendment loophole, any child born in America becomes an American citizen, and is thus eligible for all benefits. In 2006, 100,000 illegal aliens birthed children in California at the public’s expense. The financial costs are staggering, and this is before considering the impact that illegal immigration has in other areas as well.

Another major concern is health. Recent outbreaks of long-eradicated diseases in the United States, such as the bubonic plague, tuberculosis, and leprosy, have returned courtesy of un-screened illegal aliens, who avoid the typical battery of health tests necessary for long-term admittance to the United States, nor have many ever received the inoculations that we as Americans take for granted. The sanitary conditions of the countries most illegal aliens come from are quite ghastly. A facility in Artesia, New Mexico, meant to house illegal aliens’ families, offers a glimpse in microcosm of what the United States is allowing to pass through its indefensibly undefended southern border. Per a 2014 article from the Washington Times:

Communicable diseases continue to be a problem at the New Mexico facility built to house illegal immigrant families surging across the U.S.-Mexico border, and the immigrants themselves aren’t taking their own health care very seriously, according to an audit. “Family unit illnesses and unfamiliarity with bathroom facilities continued to result in unsanitary conditions,” Inspector General John Roth wrote in a memo to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Mr. Roth said the illnesses—which put the facility in Artesia, New Mexico, on lockdown earlier this year, preventing any immigrants from being transferred in or out—have proved to be a continuing problem. Part of the issue is the immigrants themselves, some of whom have never seen a doctor before, don’t follow up afterward, either for themselves or their children.

California is presently embroiled in a Hepatitis A outbreak, caused by feces-to-mouth contact, and Minnesota officials recently requested $5 million taxpayer dollars to get a measles outbreak from the Somali population under control. You can spare me the Emma Lazarus platitudes, because even at the height of legal American immigration in the late-19th and early 20th-centuries, everyone who passed through Ellis Island and other points of entry were subjected to a battery of medical tests, possible quarantine, and outright rejection if they carried communicable diseases. The public health risk was otherwise deemed too great, but these days it seems like we’re okay with the Black Death and leprosy—literally medieval diseases—so long as they’re carried by “Dreamers.” It appears that only some lives matter.

This includes the impact of crime. As Howie Carr wrote for The Boston Herald:

This horrific rape in Weymouth (earlier this year), allegedly by an illegal immigrant from Ghana (my note: he was an Uber driver) who was then cut loose by a Dukakis-era hack judge named Mark Coven to flee back to the Third World, is not exactly an isolated incident. For Democrats, the illegal immigrants are all … Dreamers. The Beautiful People are loath to admit how much crime is being committed by these invaders. Which is why I have a modest proposal this morning: All prosecutors should follow the Trump-era policy of the Department of Justice and identify the national origins of non-citizen perps.

An investigation by The Boston Globe revealed that 30% of 323 criminal immigrants released in New England from 2008-2012 went on to re-offend, a rate more than four times as high as previously suggested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Next door, in New York State, over three times as many illegal immigrants, or 169, are imprisoned for crimes per 100,000, as compared to only 48 citizens and legal non-citizen immigrants. After murders in Montgomery County, Maryland quadrupled from 2014, Police Chief Thomas Manger issued a report stating that the county has seen an unprecedented level of gang-related violence—with illegal alien youth being responsible for 85% of street robberies. Pedro Gonzalez observes:

Incredibly, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has defended MS-13 as “God’s children” with whom we all share an inviolable “spark of divinity.” What would the family of an unnamed man who was stabbed 100 times, dismembered, beheaded, and had his heart cut out say to that? The killer was 19-year-old Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, a citizen of El Salvador, illegally residing in the United States.

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These are not isolated incidents. Illegal aliens are three times as likely to be convicted of murder as members of the general population. Additionally, human trafficking is up 842% in Nancy Pelosi’s state of California over the last decade. Illegal aliens accounted for nearly 75 percent of federal drug sentences in 2014, according to the United States Sentencing Commission. One 2001 study that does take country of origin and geographic concentration factors into account found that Mexican immigrants “commit between 3.5 and 5 times as many crimes as the average native.” Judicial Watch found that in 2014, nearly half of all federal crimes occurred near the US-Mexico border. The break-down of those numbers is as follows:

  • Of the 61,529 criminal cases filed by federal prosecutors, 40 % (24,746) were in court districts along the southern borders of California, Arizona and Texas.
  • In California, there are just over 92 illegal immigrants imprisoned for every 100,000 illegals as compared to 74 citizens and legal non-citizen immigrants. In Arizona, the rate is nearly 69 illegals imprisoned for every 100,000, as compared to 54 citizens and legal non-citizen immigrants.
  • In California alone, over 2,400 illegal immigrants out of a total prison population of 130,000 are imprisoned in the state’s prison system for the crime of homicide.
  • In Los Angeles, 95% of all outstanding warrants for homicide (which total 1,200 to 1,500) target illegal aliens. Up to two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants (17,000) are for illegal aliens.

Data on the crimes and sentences of illegals in Arizona shows us that immigrants age 15-35, the general population of the 700,000 in Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, “commit crime at twice the rate of young U.S. citizens.” John R. Lott, Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, writes:

Undocumented immigrants are at least 142 percent more likely to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans. They also tend to commit more serious crimes and serve 10.5 percent longer sentences, more likely to be classified as dangerous, and 45 percent more likely to be gang members than U.S. citizens…While undocumented immigrants from 15 to 35 years of age make up about 0.81 percent of the Arizona population, they make up almost 8 percent of the prison population…DACA-age immigrants represent 71.2 percent of the undocumented immigrants in prison…DACA-age eligible undocumented immigrants are 884 percent more likely to be convicted of crimes than their share of the population.

For the time period October 2008 to April 2014, Texas identified a total 177,588 repeat criminal alien defendants booked into Texas county jails; according to the analysis conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, these aliens committed 611,234 unique crimes. First-time offenders, those not previously fingerprinted, were not available in the database, so those numbers are bound to be substantially higher. According to the DHS, over 251,000 criminal aliens have been booked into local Texas jails between June 1, 2011 and April 30, 2018. During their criminal “careers,” the aliens were charged with more than 663,000 criminal offenses, including 1,351 homicide charges; 79,049 assault charges; 18,685 burglary charges; 79,900 drug charges; 815 kidnapping charges; 44,882 theft charges; 50,777 obstructing police charges; 4,292 robbery charges; 7,156 sexual assault charges; and 9,938 weapon charges.

104,000 criminals were released by ICE in 2013; 30,558 criminal aliens were released by ICE in 2014; and in 2015, ICE released almost 20,000 illegals that committed 64,000 crimes that involve, “12,307 drunken driving convictions, 1,728 cases of assault, 216 kidnappings and more than 200 homicide or manslaughter convictions,” per the Washington Times. Fortunately President Trump has emboldened ICE with the support, resources, and additional man-power to pursue illegal aliens, and the controversial catch-and-release policy appears to be waning. These positive steps are being counter-acted by the 130 or so “sanctuary cities” that refuse to cooperate with the federal government on detaining and transferring illegal aliens into federal custody for deportation. The rationale is flimsy, mostly relying on saccharine appeals to compassion, but where the officials of these “sanctuaries” do attempt to bolster their decisions with evidence, as Ann Coulter writes:

The…alleged proof that immigrants are shockingly law-abiding is the claim, “studies show ...”! Evidently, this refers to exactly two researchers, whose work is cited over and over again for the proposition that immigrants are less criminal than native Americans: Alex Piquero, criminology professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, and Bianca Bersani, sociology professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston...I looked up the studies this weekend. They’re all hidden behind ridiculous Internet paywalls. I was often only the sixth person to read them. It turns out that neither Piquero nor Bersani compared immigrant crime to “the overall population”—as the British Guardian claimed in an article purporting to prove Donald Trump wrong. Rather, they compare immigrants’ crime rate to the crime rate of America’s criminals.

I’m wondering where Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in all of this, because aiding illegal aliens is a felony, and as for President Trump, as Coulter herself is unhesitant to frequently remind our president, the wall he promised remains unbuilt. After all, immigration, the general lawlessness of our country, the neglect of the people that truly built it, and the unwillingness to apply any kind of universal standard to all Americans regardless of creed or color is essentially what got Donald Trump elected. As Chris Buskirk and Seth Leibsohn wrote in American Greatness:

The would-be solons [of Conservatism, Inc.] turned out to be shortsighted, self-interested, and out of touch, pied pipers leading the country into a future of endless, winless wars, cultural destruction, and crony capitalist plantation economics...To listen to the media and to the saccharine pleas of our elected officials, America is obligated to take all comers no matter what because of a poem written by a nineteenth-century socialist. Unfortunately, the words of that poem are better known and treated with higher regard than the fundamental governing documents of this country...It is mostly elites who have so little regard for American citizenship and who have conspired to nullify the nation’s immigration laws. These same people were traumatized by Donald Trump’s promise to enforce the nation’s laws and build a wall to protect our border, much as Mexico has done to protect her own southern border from illegal immigrants...When Donald Trump adopted immigration as his signature issue in August 2015 it marked a profound split...Nothing so marked the divide between the country class and the ruling class...When [the voters] heard Donald Trump say ‘Make America Great Again’...they heard that American citizenship means something and shouldn’t be taken for granted or devalued by ignoring our laws, history, or culture.

Unenforceable borders mean the dissolution of the country. We elected Donald Trump to re-claim our sovereignty from the champagne socialists who value MS-13 gang members more than coal miners in West Virginia or lobstermen in Maine, or who venerate cop killers over law enforcement.

We the people have spoken: America for Americans.


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