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?
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.