I’ve been watching the immigration debate surrounding Trump’s executive order with interest. I spent the last 15 years of my military career as a counterintelligence agent with a focus on counter-terrorism. In fact, it was the USS Cole bombing in 2000 that convinced me to change jobs from a Spanish Signal Intelligence Voice Intercept Operator/Linguist. While I was in training for my new job, 9/11 happened. I was more motivated than ever.
I find it laughable as a gun rights activist when I hear liberals – especially Obama – push gun control with the “if we can save just one life” narrative. The hypocrisy is glaring that they take on a completely different tone when it comes to immigration control. My take is a bit different. It isn’t about saving one life; it’s about saving tens of thousands. If this was truly about banning Muslims, why didn’t we add the other 36-41 Muslim nations to the list?
A recent CBS News propaganda piece trying to brainwash its readers into supporting illegal immigration found that 1.7% of illegal immigrants (I intentionally didn’t use the word “undocumented” as the story did) “had an incarceration rate of 1.7 percent, compared with 10.7 percent for native-born men without a high school diploma.” Notice the slight of hand? They compare ALL illegal immigrants, but narrow down the native-born category to just “men without a high school diploma.” If you were to include ALL Americans the way CBS News included ALL illegal immigrants, the percentage is 0.7% of LEGAL citizens incarcerated and that is assuming the worst case estimate of 2.3 million people in prison and a population of about 319 million.
The Pew Research Center estimates that there are approximately 11.1 million illegal aliens in this country. The Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform, using DHS data, noted that this number increases by about 700,000 every year. This includes those overstaying their properly obtained visas. Using the CBS News numbers, that means that there are about 188,700 illegal aliens incarcerated for crimes – including rape and murder – with approximately 11,900 new criminals coming into this country every year. So, the argument should be “if we can save just 200,000 victims every year…”
While I can’t get into specifics for obvious reasons of classification, I can say with certainty that among those 700k entering our country each year are people whose sole purpose is criminal activity and terrorism. They are exploiting our weak borders and lack of enforcement. These are groups like MS13, and La Raza that want to reclaim parts of the south for Mexico as well as extremist Islamic terrorists that want to hijack the next plane or bomb the next marathon.
On January 27th, President Trump signed an executive order barring immigration from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen until a system of extreme vetting can be created to ensure that the likelihood of terrorists entering this country is minimized as much as possible. Let’s take a look at the mindset of people in these countries.
In Iraq, nearly one in ten people think that suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilians in the name of Islam is justified. 39% of the people in Afghanistan believe that suicide bombings and other forms of violence against citizens is justified. Nearly all Iranians have been brainwashed into wanting the destruction of the United States. 8% of American Muslims say that violence is “sometimes” or “often” justified against civilians in the name of Islam. Iran, Sudan, Libya, Syria and Yemen are all state sponsors of terrorism. We already have bans on North Koreans entering our country, another state sponsor of terrorism. Approximately, 49 nations are listed as “Muslim” nations. Most of them are not state-sponsors of terrorism, though Saudi Arabia could be argued is one. So, to all the liberals – the same ones led by President Clinton that raided a home in Miami and ripped Elian Gonzalez from his uncle’s arms at gunpoint – who think that this is a ban on Muslims, any rational being would clearly see it is not. Of course, liberals are not rational so that point is moot. They suffer from TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome). That said, we should treat everyone in this country with respect, no matter who they are. It’s not disrespectful to kick people out who are here illegally.
If you think otherwise, consider this video from a contractor in Iraq.
The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 gives the president broad authority over protecting the United States by preventing or slowing immigration from certain places. It specifically states,
“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
We are a nation of immigrants. No one can deny that. My family emigrated from England where we were nobility at one time. In fact, there is a law school named after one my ancestors in London. My, how far we’ve fallen. However, we are also a nation of laws and sovereignty. I know there are people reading this who don’t believe in borders. Borders are what protect our way of life, our safety, our republic, and our success. They ensure that those coming here respect our constitution and our system of laws (even though we have disdain for many of them ourselves). For example, in most Muslim countries there is overwhelming support for Sharia law, especially in the countries on the Trump ban. Most of that support is above 80%! Sharia is incompatible with our system of law and Europe is now having to deal with the repercussions of their lax immigration policy.
What’s happening in Syria and in much of the Muslim world 1) has been happening for millennia and 2) won’t be solved by siphoning out their best and brightest. Assuming we aren’t bringing their best and brightest to this country, why would we want to bring people here who will only be a drain on our already strained economy? There are countries in the Middle East that should be stepping up and taking care of the problems in their own backyard. If they won’t help their own neighbors, why should we. I know, it’s “because we’re better than that,” right? That bigoted argument only suggests that the people coming over here are inferior to us or not as good. At the MOST, what I think we should be doing is helping to establish safe zones over there for refugees. That way, if and when the conflict is over 2,000 years from now, they will still have their culture.
I’m always told that I need to pick my fights. I admit that I seem to appear as if I’m always looking for one. My philosophy is that I don’t really recognize degrees of wrong when it comes to government. Wrong is wrong and I will stand up to wrong every time. This Syria thing isn’t our fight. Bringing people to this country where 10% of the people support terrorism and some of them actually sponsor it is reckless, dangerous, and downright deplorable.
If we can save just one life…