Is America becoming an “open borders” country?
It’s certainly closer to one than it has been in a long time. And whether we apply the term “open borders” or not, we are in a border crisis.
I’ve been down to the border twice recently to see first-hand what’s happening.
It’s a mess.
I witnessed group after group of illegal entrants make a run for it across the border on the very first day of my ride-along. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents I was with said that this was normal and that it keeps getting worse. A sense of lawlessness has taken over.
A quick look through the newspapers supports this account…
Migrant numbers at the U.S.-Mexico border have been breaking records for months. The flow of illegal border crossers from Central America – predominantly Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador – is on pace to break a million in 2019.
This is all part of a massive, systematic scam against American sovereignty.
Migrants are showing up at the border, usually accompanied by a child and claiming “credible fear” asylum, in human waves designed to overwhelm CBP facilities. The word is out about how to exploit our asylum system, and our border enforcement mechanisms are breaking down.
The politics of this breakdown are toxic. In recent days, Border Patrol agents have come under withering criticism from Democrats in Congress. Far-left firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez caused a fury when she claimed that CBP officers told migrant women in their custody to drink water from toilet bowls. This comes on the heels of her claim that the Border Patrol detention facilities currently in operation are better described as “concentration camps.”
Of course, AOC’s critics respond that she is a liar and a grandstander. They point to her recent vote against a $4.5 billion emergency funding bill for border facilities. That money was specifically designated to help the very children that AOC and other Democrats claim to care so much about. It seems that some of the loudest Democratic critics of the CBP and its policies have priorities other than actually helping migrants.
Where does all this leave the American people?
The political and security stresses on our system are clear. The long-term economic implications are a little less obvious, but still ominous. At a minimum, this will cost taxpayers many billions of dollars in man hours, material, and other emergency funding. It will also put stresses on municipal and state resources that are impossible to gauge at this time.
A million illegal immigrants will likely cross into America this year, joining the 12 million illegals currently estimated to be in this country. Many believe that number is perhaps half the actual tally of illegals. The government simply does not have accurate data on this, and there is plenty of reason to believe they don’t want it.
What happens if, under a future Democratic administration, there is a mass amnesty for all illegals? What becomes of America if our federal law is officially changed to accommodate the “if you can get here, you can stay here” mentality that the Democrats (and some Republicans) have embraced on immigration across our borders?
Here’s one easy prediction: Your taxes are going to go up. A lot.
At the second Democratic presidential primary debate, every candidate on the stage said that he or she would support providing illegal immigrants with healthcare.
America is already $22 trillion in debt. “Medicare for All” could quickly become “Medicare for the Whole World.”
If we turn into the developing world’s free healthcare clinic, the debt bomb is only going to get larger, and the systemic risks it presents more dire.
Does this terrifying quote from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio concern you? “There’s plenty of money in this country. It’s just in the wrong hands.”
There was no talk of extending or expanding the current boom. No celebration of the gains in employment among blacks and Hispanics, the decline in poverty, the rising wages, the fact that incomes at the low end are climbing. Democrats instead debated about how much free stuff they would give people, including health care to illegal immigrants.
Much ado is being made about student loans. Why? Because that’s how the 2020 candidates from the Democratic party plan to win the presidency…
Our country has many problems that we should be focusing on, from drug addiction, health care costs, infrastructure, crime, discrimination, environmental damage, and poverty to just name a few. Not to mention our already unsettling level of national debt we’ve already built up. Student debt has negatively impacted many American’s lives, but it’s not a crisis…
Recession on its way?
This milestone comes at one of the more pessimistic moments in the last decade as economists are warning that a significant slowdown in growth, and maybe a recession, is coming…
Reasons for spending less ranged from a loss of household income and new debt to fear of recession, job loss or large medical bills from an unexpected illness or injury.
The U.S.-China trade war and a spike in oil prices from geopolitical tensions have the potential to push the world into recession next year.
Just in time for Independence Day, many folks have little pride in our nation…
The latest overall declines in patriotism are largely driven by Democrats… Their latest 22% extreme pride reading is the group’s lowest in Gallup’s 19 years of measurement.
Including shoe companies and fired NFL players…
Kaepernick and his Twitter supporters claim that the flag is an “offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery.” This happens to have been the same era in which the Declaration of Independence was written and the American Revolution was fought, both of which are the reasons why Independence Day is celebrated.
No specific threat… but the major agencies send out a warning anyway.
“The FBI, DHS, and NCTC remain concerned that [they] could target upcoming Independence Day celebrations, gatherings, or parades, though we are unaware of any current plots specifically targeting such events.”
One of the craziest stories we’ve ever read…
“I never even gave the guy the finger. Why would I do that? He’s a cop. He’s a SWAT team commander. I’m not looking to engage the guy.”
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Publisher, American Consequences
With P.J. O’Rourke and the Editorial Staff
July 3, 2019