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A Preventable Crisis

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By:Tom Piatak | July 15, 2014

Last week, there was much talk of a crisis at the border with Mexico, prompted by a surge of Central American teenagers trying to get into the United States. President Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with this influx, with the largest single appropriation, $1.8 billion, to go to the Department of Health and Human Services "to provide appropriate care for unaccompanied children while maintaining services for refugees," according to the Washington Post's summary of the Obama Administration's request. So, once again, ordinary Americans will end up footing the bill for illegal immigration, whose beneficiaries include an unholy alliance of mostly Republican businessmen (who get cheap labor) and mostly Democratic bureaucrats (who get new clients for the welfare state).

This crisis, of course, was easily preventable. Just as critics of the immigration amnesty bill touted by Obama have noted, any attempt to legalize illegal immigrants will only lead to more illegal immigration. Indeed, the Administration projected in January that 65,000 minors would attempt to cross the border this year. Mexicans and Central Americans know that the United States is not serious about defending its border, which is why they come. By allowing mass illegal immigration from Mexico and now Central America, we remove pressure on the governments of those countries to improve living conditions for their own people. They simply export their problems to us.

The solution to this crisis has also long been known. Pat Buchanan, among others, advocated the solution two decades ago. We need to build a fence and secure the border. Indeed, Congress even passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006, only to let the act be gutted the following year. If Congress is serious about securing the border, it will pass legislation to finally build that fence and do whatever else is necessary to secure the border. And if Republicans are serious about regaining the White House, they will make this issue a centerpiece of the campaign and tell their donors who want more cheap labor that they aren't calling the shots any more.



7/15/2014 01:56 PM

  In order to maintain the duopoly, blame must be spread across both parties, which means that both parties have trade off power from time to time. By adding millions of welfare class illegals to the Democrat voting rolls, it might appear that Democrats are poised to create an unsinkable majority. It might occur for a time. However, blacks are waking up to the reality that they are no longer the favored minority and this flood will ultimately hurt them. With Rand Paul's overture to blacks and increasing black disillusionment over illegal immigration, I think that over a period of time blacks will come back to the GOP, thus evening out the balance between the parties and allowing the duopoly to continue. At the top of the power structure, neither party really wants to "win." What they want is a continued sharing of power, whereby blame can be spread among both parties. The ultimate losers are the increasingly irrelevant and dwindling white working class and white middle class taxpayers who fund the sham, but derive no benefit.

David Smith
Montgomery County
7/15/2014 02:22 PM

  Once again, a rational nation would have turned these invaders back long ago; in fact, this never would have happened in the first place. But we are no longer rational, and we danged sure are not a nation!

Clyde Wilson
7/16/2014 12:05 PM

  Mexicans generally guard their own borders and expel illegal immigrants from Central America. So they must have made special arrangements to transmit these "Central American refugees" to the U.S. border. With the collusion of the U.S. government?

7/16/2014 01:44 PM

  Dr. Wilson, this border story was all doom and gloom, until I read that many of the illegals were being bused and flown to Massachusetts. Even in a morass of despair, one can occasionally find a silver lining.... I think that the Kennedy Compound is probably equipped to house several thousand of these illegals. After all, Teddy would have welcomed these people with open arms, right?

Tom Piatak
7/16/2014 03:12 PM

  Prof. Wilson: There was a good piece on the active collusion of the Mexican government and the quiet collusion of our own this morning at


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