Let me preface this one with the statement that I believe Prager University to be a fabulous method for spreading knowledge among the masses and those who do not take a lot of time to digest all the political “news“ that is spewed 24/7 by the mainstream propaganda outlets or others in the media.
That having been said, I must take some issue with the video (below). Feel free to watch it but know that the thinking behind it bears the liberal leanings of the presenter, Charles Krauthammer (may he rest in peace).
Presidents Eisenhower and Truman both undertook the task of deporting several million illegal aliens who had infiltrated our borders during two different wars. This is obvious evidence that the problem of illegal immigration has been with us a very long time. This is, I believe, a combination of the lack of a continuous physical barrier on our southern border and the lack of the fortitude to reform our immigration laws to close the many, many loopholes that allow judges and the executive branch to do end-runs around the law to give benefit to favored groups or individuals.
Mr. Krauthammer’s bottom line is that if the wall were built then the 11 million (more like 20 million by latest estimates) who are already here could be given permission to remain in the country and word legally – without the benefit of citizenship – and without being required to get in line behind the many who have stood in line for years in an effort to gain entry to the U.S. legally.
While this seems like a “reasonable” solution that pacifies both sides, it fails to address the fact that these people have either violated the law by entering without permission, or they have violated the law by overstaying their time limits on an originally legal visa.
Building the wall may take care of ninety percent or more of the future inflow of illegal border-crossers, and the E-verify system might reduce the ability to work in our country without documentation, but it will not serve as a deterrent unless there is some pain attached to crossing the border. Otherwise it will be the same cycle of repeated “amnesties” that have taken place since the 1980s.
Krauthammer begins his argument by stating that there is no possible way that the country can deport 11 (20) million illegal aliens currently in our country. I suggest that such a statement represents the most cynical of views of just how most Americans feel about those who come here to leech off of taxpayers as many of the current batch are doing to the tune of millions of dollars. Does Charles think that giving these people amnesty (which is what he is really saying, minus citizenship) will immediately remove the millions of that group who would continue to qualify for federal and state welfare and housing benefits? Does he really believe that the thousands of criminals included in that number – yes, there is ample evidence to point toward at least several thousand gang members and other criminals are among the group – will immediately abandon their criminal conduct and become honest, upright, taxpayers?
This is one that is important to view simply because it presents a view of the immigration reforms being suggested by those who are trying to compromise on an issue of national security and fiscal responsibility that should not be compromised. Just one man’s opinion, but take this one for what it’s worth.