America Is Out of Options: It Is Time to Close the Border [Video]

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In January of 2019, the Democrat Left in Congress and the Leftmedia were mocking President Trump (and his supporters) for claiming there was a real “crisis” on the southern border and declaring a National Emergency as a result. However, soon after Trump’s declaration even the Leftmedia has begun to admit a true crisis exists.

That’s because the figures for 2019, most notably for March, were simply undeniable. Though there are no official numbers for the month, however, the daily and weekly reports assure us that well over 100,000 apprehensions at the border will be the result.

President Trump recently reiterated a threat to close the southern border to stop the crisis.

The President is correct in this assessment as he was in declaring a National Emergency at the border for many reasons. To begin with, we must deal with what the numbers, as large as they are, do not tell us.

What the Numbers Don’t Tell Us

However, even those numbers don’t tell the full story about two facts that increase the need for immediate border security. The first fact is often passed over by most commentators, whether on the Left or Right side of the issue.

It is that the 100,000+ number does not include those who were not apprehended.

The Border Patrol used to do official estimates of the numbers of those who got away.

“For years, the Border Patrol (BP) officially used to report the ‘gotaway’ rate, those who ‘got away’ from apprehension.  For decades, it was felt that on a ‘good day,’ the Border Patrol caught one in five illegal aliens, on a ‘bad day,’ the number was one in seven.”

However, that all stopped during the Obama administration. This policy change occurred in August of 2016.

Even a very conservative “gotaway” rate of 50% results in over 200,000 illegals entering last month which should make the urgency of closing the border much greater.

The second fact which many are not taking into account is the demographics of those who are coming today as compared with the last time the numbers of apprehensions were this high. That was in the early 2000s, and back then the vast majority were Mexican nationals and they were working-age males.

Close the borderToday, a growing number of immigrants showing up are women with children from Central American countries, and some of them are not even the parents of those particular children! It is far easier to claim asylum as a child or a woman with children than as a single male.

U.S. Border Patrol Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal told Fox News, “The situation at the border is unprecedented. We are being overwhelmed with migrants, principally family units and children, and then people that are from countries other than Mexico.” Villareal added that for the first time in the Border Patrol’s history, the majority of the agency’s arrests were “other-than-Mexican nationals.”

There are also incidences of unaccompanied minors arriving at the border alone. They journey at terrible risk of assault, death, and disease creating a humanitarian border crisis that Border Patrol is charged to handle with resources totally inadequate for the job.

Border Patrol agents have heroically attempted to care for the immediate needs of the immigrant families and children for food, shelter and medical care. However, they are not enough in numbers, expertise, or facilities to cope with the current situation.

They arrive with the knowledge that if they claim asylum because of “credible fear,” they will be let into the United States upon a judgment of that claim and an order to appear in two to five years for final adjudication of their claims. Over 90% of those charged to appear in court never show up for their asylum hearing, and disappear in the country.

The news that even more large ‘caravans’ of illegal immigrants are on their way to the border to add to the current number should emphasize the absolute necessity of closing the border now.

Closing the Border Is the Only Way to Halt the Invasion

Close the borderThere is no question that this incredible amount of people arriving from mostly Central American nations can be legitimately called an invasion. Since these stats use the base of a fiscal year, the 2019 figures are the total from November and December of 2018 plus January of 2019.

According to the statistics from the CBP [Customs and Border Protection], in the fiscal year of 2018,  migrants held between the ports of entry totaled 521,090. In FY2019 so far, the total is 318,407 and the year is only a third of the way along!

The next set of numbers will cover February, March, and April of 2019 and I predict the result will be doubled to over 600,000 in just six months! This is the equivalent to the population of a city the size of Denver, Colorado invading America in the last six months alone.

The goal of those orchestrating and encouraging this invasion is to overwhelm the immigration system and cause chaos within America as a result. The political enablers of such an army of illegals come from the Democratic party and a handful of establishment Republicans.

The business community interests lie with continuing to acquire low-wage workers which they can exploit as cheap labor for various industries. The Left’s interests are also nefarious, for they wish to transform America into a Socialist nation via a new crop of illegal aliens who consistently favor the Democratic party.

Millions upon millions of illegal aliens, perhaps as many as 40 million now already strain the limits of our government’s assistance capabilities. A recent study by Yale University put out an estimate of about 22 million illegal aliens residing in America today.

However, as has been shown in this journal and elsewhere, that figure is a huge underestimate.

By applying the additional variables of those who leave and repeat offenders, a more accurate number has been estimated by retired Border Patrol chiefs at 40 to 50 million illegals in the United States today.

Halting the Illegal Invasion Is the Key

close the borderClosing the border is not without cost. Trade across the border would cease because travel in either direction would be halted or severely restricted.

That will adversely affect the country economically. However, the economic sacrifices involved in closing the border pale next to the terrible price all levels of society would pay should the border not be closed.

The act might have to be enforced with the aid of the military, depending on how much of the border is actually ordered closed. People on both sides of the line would be at risk of injury and death should the situation escalate by some foolish behavior such as trying to rush the border.

Yet the cost of not closing the border is far greater. It could mean the death of America as we know it, and its inevitable decline into a Socialist nightmare dwarfing any in history.

Closing the border is not the solution for America’s immigration debacle. However, unless this invasion is first halted there will be no time for a solution and the collapse of the nation under the sheer volume of people illegally entering will be imminent.

The true long-term solutions involve an overhaul of the immigration policies as well as vigorous enforcement of the laws already on the books. Moreover, long-term border security must include the completion of a border wall.

Otherwise, we will continue to have a de-facto open border, and that cannot be tolerated in any sovereign nation. A nation with open borders is a nation without borders, and a nation without borders is not a nation at all.

Not only must the border be closed, but it should also remain closed until the wall is finished and the asylum loophole is fixed. America is out of time and options at this point.

So please, Mr. President, regardless of what the Left may howl and even what the courts may try to stop, follow through and exercise your Constitutional authority to close the southern border. For America’s sake, I pray, as do many others, that God continues to grant you the strength and wisdom for the task.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

Ephesians 6:10 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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President Trump Challenges the Left on Immigration [Video]

Border Wall

President Trump challenged the Left on his address to the nation Tuesday evening, January 8, 2019. The actual words were addressed to the American people and Democrats in Congress, but the challenge is directed to the Left.

Trump’s challenge is twofold. A challenge to recognize the danger and respond to the crisis at the border.

How was this spoken to the Left? The Democratic party is now completely subservient to the Leftist agenda swept in by the 2018 mid-term elections.

Recognize the Danger of Illegal Entry

The southern border of the United States has been a conduit for dangerous activity for many decades. This danger comes in various forms from the threat of terrorists crossing to human trafficking to the deadly drugs heroin and fentanyl.

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The President highlighted these dangers in his speech including the stories of people such as California Patrol Officer Ronil Singh. He was shot and killed by an illegal alien, Gustavo Perez Arriaga.

A tragic irony of this case was that Singh was a legal immigrant who had recently become a citizen. The Stanislaus County Sheriff noted that he believed strongly this could have been prevented.

As for whether Singh’s death was preventable, Christianson noted that had law enforcement previously been able to report the suspect to Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of his criminal record, the loss of life might never have occurred. …under SB54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal has out there, law enforcement would’ve been prevented, prohibited from sharing any information with ICE about this criminal gang member. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not how you protect a community.”

Sheriff Christianson is right. President Trump took to the airwaves to inform the public about the need for border security that includes a physical barrier.

Moreover, he sought to open the hearts and minds of his opponents in Congress. He noted the hypocrisy of the Democratic leadership who had voted to fund a wall in the recent past but now opposed it simply because it was this president proposing it.

He pled with them to do the right thing, to respond with the best interest and safety of the American people first, as it should be. They should not only recognize the danger but work to respond to this crisis in defense of this nation they are sworn to protect.

Respond to the Immigration Crisis

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President Trump’s response has been clear from day one. He wants a real physical barrier at the border as well as more border agents and any technological means available to solve the crisis at the southern border.

As he showed in his statement, the president is willing to treat the situation as a true crisis that threatens national security. So much so that the government “shutdown” will continue until this threat is handled adequately.

The president called on the Congressional Democrats to join him is addressing the border crisis. The sad truth is that the Democrats are not interested in either recognizing or responding to the reality.

The only responses given so far are verbal nonsense combined with insults toward both Trump and his supporters. However, this has not always been the case.

As the president mentioned, a large majority of Democrats voted to provide funding for physical barriers in 2006. The Secure Fence Act became law then, however, it has yet to be fully funded.

The Democrat response to the speech is being almost universally mocked on social media. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and minority leader Senator Chuck Schumer produced a response so bad that former Clinton advisor James Carville said,

They could have given the Gettysburg Address and it wouldn’t have mattered.

However, one phrase used by Schumer has gained some attention. He called the situation at the border, “a manufactured crisis.”

The implication is that President Trump created a crisis which didn’t exist. While this is what the Left wants to hear and repeat, it is untrue.

Yet, in one way, Schumer is correct. The crisis today is real and growing, but it was also ‘manufactured.’

The manufacture of this crisis began in 1986 when the Left hoodwinked President Ronald Reagan. He agreed to a limited amnesty for illegals in exchange for real border security.

I think there’s a lot of blame to go around and spread around for decades,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director for the conservative Center For Immigration Studies. “There isn’t one person responsible.” Instead, he said, the problem lies in how the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986 was implemented. He described the passage of the bill as something of a “con-job” that allowed millions of immigrants in the country illegally to have legal status with a promise of workplace enforcement and other measures to curb future illegal immigration. But that didn’t happen, he said. And there was little incentive to follow through on promises of strict workplace enforcement, he said, once millions of people were legalized.

Thus began the illegal immigration woes we have today. As has been the case with every measure since the amnesty gets granted but enforcement of measures to curb illegal entry never happens.

The Left Controls the Democrats

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The new rising star of the Democrats universe is New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is a committed Socialist whose left-wing radicalism is being embraced by the party.

Her position on the southern border crisis in the recent past has been to call for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement altogether. She believes the only immigration ‘crisis’ is that America doesn’t let everyone into the country, that is, she favors open borders.

Moreover, AOC went even further when she was interviewed on MSNBC. She advocated the abolishment of Border Patrol and that the Trump administration should get no funding for border security because it had committed human rights violations.

Yet those were not the most outrageous of her statements. She also claimed that illegal migrants were more of an American than legal citizens.

In the actual address, there was falsehood after falsehood and we have to make sure that we get our facts straight. Everyday immigrants commit crimes at a far lower rate than native-born Americans …the women and children on the border seeking refuge and opportunity in the U.S. with nothing but the shirt on their backs are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be.

Notice that AOC conflated illegal and legal immigrants in her statement, as leftists routinely do. It was false to claim that Trump said “immigrants” when he specifically stressed the illegality of their status.

It was inaccurate, idiotic, and insulting for her to claim illegals were somehow more American than citizens. Moreover, did AOC realize she was also disparaging legal immigrants who have become citizens with her words?

The Left’s message to the legal immigrant seems to be “we have no concern for you who obey the law and respect the mantle of ‘American citizen.’ ”

That is the view representing the Socialist wing of the Democratic party, and they are in the ascendency. AOC herself has been hailed as the future of the party, and she is as Leftist as they get.

She finds a home in Congress alongside Democrats “Mad” Maxine Waters, Kamala Harris, and Cory “Spartacus” Booker. Moreover, they only represent a much larger number which grew in 2018.

The one proposal of “Medicare for all” would be the second most expensive program ever attempted by the United States. The only one more costly would be the “Green New Deal” program championed by, you guessed it, AOC herself.

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As an aside, AOC’s claim that the president’s speech was riddled with falsehoods is itself false. Much like the other leftist outlets so-called “fact-checks” of Trump’s speech.

Make no mistake, the Left is the controlling influence among Democrats today. Trump’s challenge is aimed directly at them and we can be thankful for that.

This speech will continue to force the Left to reveal their Socialist agenda to America at large. Open borders advances that agenda with a steady stream of people dependant on the welfare state.

The increase of illegal aliens along with the push to give them voting rights combine to provide a ready-made voting block for the Left. While this may help leftist Democrats gain a stranglehold on political power, it ignores the demonstrable damage Socialism would inflect upon America.

Trump’s challenge to the Left also presents an opportunity for conservatives to stand with him and against the virulent Left. Perhaps even a chance to finally see a secure border and the beginning of the end of a true national crisis.

Wisdom calls out in the street, she shouts loudly in the plazas; at the head of the noisy streets she calls, in the entrances of the gates in the city she utters her words: “How long will you simpletons love naivete? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?” Proverbs 1:20-22 NET

D.T. Osborn

Sources: NET Bible, Biblical Studies Press, copyright 1996-2016

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