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THE TRUTH ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AT THE BORDER. OP-ED By M. Frank

Let’s be brutally honest, folks. The recent surge of thousands more immigrants swarming over the southern border illegally has nothing to do with helping immigrants with humane objectives. It’s all about politics. It’s all about gaining millions of votes in future elections, legal or illegal, tipping the scales, irreversibly, for one political party over another.

Numbers matter. Years ago, people went to the polls on election day, produced a voter ID, then voted. Contrary to years past, the architects of our voting systems have now made sure that anyone and everyone can declare themselves as eligible voters, even when they’re not.

Times have changed from elections of yore. According to Ballotpedia online, 15 states now require no proof of identity, including New York, California, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Sixteen more require some form of I.D., but no photo. Nineteen still require some ID, plus photo. It’s insane that a federal election can use different systems from state to state.

When driver’s licenses are provided to immigrants who entered the country illegally via the black market, it gives them wrongful access to the voting booths. It’s just a matter of time that Republicans will be irreversibly outnumbered.

I don’t believe that political overseers are awash with sympathy for immigrants that enter the country illegally. It’s all about the quest for power.

Today, there are multiple methods for casting votes, including the new mail-in system which seems to be convenient, while critics consider that as one more system that is fallible.

How many immigrants are living here now, having crossed illegally or overstaying their visas? The common answer is roughly 11 million. (The Center for Migration Studies said it was 10.7 million in 2017). However those figures have been a standard response for the last 15 years. Separate studies conducted in 2018 by M.I.T. and Yale concluded the number was closer to 22 million.

Truth is, we really don’t know. We do know that health care, public education and criminal conduct has always been a serious battle when those numbers explode, particularly for victims who are dependent on American tax dollars to survive. Law enforcement, schools and health providers are maxed out, barely able to keep up with constant demands. Add to that the impact of COVID-19 upon our workforces, job markets and the stresses upon health care.

Then there’s the sudden surge of unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the past few months. Nearly 3,000 of those kids are under age 12.

Increases in criminal conduct are inevitable considering the numbers of immigrants who have no sources of income. How will they feed and care for themselves and their families?

Marshall Frank

With the addition of the new wall, and effective enforcement by the Trump administration, this problem was far more under control than the present day.

Unemployment figures are likely to spike considering the disastrous effect COVID-19 has had on the economy. Additionally, the thousands of current and projected jobs now defunct at the Keystone XL pipeline (according to PolitiFact.com). Then there are the farming and construction industries that will likely be hiring low-paid workers, keeping Americans searching for other jobs.

We certainly feel compassion for the law-abiding folks who simply wish to live in America. But we must also preserve the nation and its people from destruction from within. Once we assemble a flood of migrants from Central America, there is always South America, Africa and Asia in future decades.

The slippery slope awaits.

There are politicians who clearly support immigrants crossing illegally into America. It’s all about votes. Votes equal power.

Marshall Frank is a retired police captain from Miami-Dade County, author and frequent contributor. Visit marshallfrank.com.

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “THE FATHER” – 9.5

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW

 “The Father”  –   9.5

 In a word:  Emotional

 

This is a movie that will pull heartstrings. If you dislike stories that can make you cry, however well-made, do not see this picture.

     If you have a loved one who has long suffered from severe memory loss, you will either cherish this film for all the value and understanding it conveys. For some, it could be upsetting.

     To start, we must acknowledge the superb acting talent of Anthony Hopkins, playing the main character whose fictional name is (ironically), Anthony. His performance is not only worthy of an Oscar, it stands out among the most powerful, and difficult performances by any Hollywood actor ever.

     The story is based in modern-day London, about an 80 year-old man who is losing touch with reality, and is left to be cared for by a middle-aged daughter, Anne, wonderfully played by Olivia Colman. The dilemma becomes more crucial for them both as time passes and Hopkins’ character is upsetting everyone who comes into the fold, while Anne must seek professional assistance not only for Hopkins, but herself as well.

     As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, Anne copes with great difficulty as she grieves the gradual loss of her father while he still lives and breathes before her. “The Father” embraces real life from which people are suffering around the world. 

     While the director, Florian Zeller, give us various perspectives of each character, he cleverly blends make-believe people with reality and the confusion it brings upon Anthony and Anne, in particular. While some of the characters are true, and some are not, we’re drawn into the distorted mind of Anthony. My only criticism in the making of the movie, is wishing I had a rewind button somewhere to replay bits and pieces of the dialogue which, in the big theater, cannot be recaptured.

     Make sure you bring a hanky.

     I would give this film a 9.5 out of 10.

The Father (2020) – IMDb