DICK BAYNTON: The Immigration Debate is Gone

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Dick Baynton
Dick Baynton

It is a pleasure to announce that the immigration debate doesn’t exist. You may be surprise, but it is true. There is not now and never has been a debate about immigration. What we are witnessing is an ideological theory and practice of liberal politicians who feel that foreign nationals should simply walk, fly, swim, drive or ride a bus over our sovereign border, sign up for food stamps, visit the nearest ER, have a baby and find a place to sleep. You may believe these words are playful mockery, but they are serious.

During a House Committee hearing on immigration in April of this year, Chairman Chaffetz cited statistics that were not questioned. He said during the past three years Immigration Customs Enforcement division of Homeland Security has released 86,000 convicted criminal aliens into the U.S. population rather than deporting them.  These 86,000 illegal aliens committed 231,000 crimes and in 2015, 196 people in this group went on to commit homicides. In 2015, more than 30,000 illegal aliens who were guilty of 79,000 convictions were released into the U.S. population.

Leah Zallman and Steffie Woolhandler, both medical research scientists and medical college lecturers in NYC and Harvard, estimate the annual medical costs for aliens costs the U.S. about $18.5 billion per year. Those who make fun of Trump’s claims of $11 billion per year for medical costs for illegal aliens, please take note. According to Heritage Scholar Robert Rector, more than $700,000 per year is saved when a household is repatriated to their native country from the United States. Most of us, of course, don’t earn that much in a full year of hard work.

The United States of America is a sovereign nation. Every person in this country must be a visitor, a guest worker, a student or a citizen. Some believe that just because someone came into the country illegally is not justification for sending them home (try illegal entry to Mexico and you end up in jail)f. The ‘Secure Fence Act of 2006’ (P.L. 109-367) was signed into law on October 26, 2006. Government has erected miles of fence and wall and uses other methods for control of illegal entry. There are many more miles of fence and wall to be finished. Interestingly, there are no reports of U.S. citizens illegally entering Mexico to take advantage of their generous benefits.

President Obama wants to bring in thousands of refugees from Syria and other Middle Eastern nations. Candidate Trump has recoiled with comments that suggest that we should not bring in new refugees until data bases are created and records of those coming into the country can be researched. Mr. Obama may be ignoring some foreign news. Reports from Sweden show that over the past several years, the Swedish population has increased from 9 million to 9.5 million mostly by immigration from the Middle East. Childbirths amount to 16% from mothers that are immigrants; unemployment among immigrants is 54%. One in four Swedish women are forecast to be rape victims.  Sweden has the dubious honor of having the second highest per capita of rapes worldwide, after South Africa.

An under-reported riot took place on New Year’s Eve 2015 in Paris and environs where 1,000 cars were burned. The greatest number of destroyed cars was in the suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis where the population is heavily Muslim. The German village of Ellwangen, population 23,500, was expecting 500 refugees but ended up with 4,500. Migrants living in army barracks at the edge of town defecated in gardens of local residents, raped an adult woman and harassed a 10-year old girl. The refugees walk into churches in the heavily Catholic town and interrupt services. Immigrants are reported entering stores, picking up whatever they need and leave without paying.

The United States is the most sought-after nation by migrants in the world. We are a sovereign nation, meaning that citizenship matters. Those who wish to join our cacophonous political environment, economic system of commerce and culture, language, currency and educational system, and yet abide by our laws, are welcome. If any of this is objectionable to migrants, they should stay home or go elsewhere.

Dick Baynton