"We're going to do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of illegal immigration"

“This is a very fundamental issue. At stake is the question of whether or not the United States remains a sovereign country. Whether or not we can establish and enforce rules for entrance into our country.” 

On White House senior adviser Stephen Miller says the Trump administration will do whatever is necessary to get the border wall, including a government shutdown in the coming days.

“He is not going to get the wall in any form,” the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, said on NBC’s Meet the Press.


The Immigration Ultimatum


The year was 1986. President Reagan, a conservative Republican, with the acquiescence of Congress, granted amnesty to millions of foreign nationals illegally residing in the United States.

The slate was wiped clean, and from then on, we were told, the government would get serious about illegal immigration.  The borders would be secured, immigration law enforced.  It was a sham.  Mass illegal immigration continued unabated.  Just another slap in the face to American citizens.

The national nightmare is back. We are again told that amnesty is needed. We are lectured that "those living in the shadows" are the real problem, not the presence of millions of unknown lawbreakers. Citizens appear shell-shocked by the sheer magnitude of the problem permitted to fester.  

Here are our options: we can a) continue in a lackluster mode, living with millions of unknown foreigners on our soil; b) grant another outrageous amnesty, which is virtually the same as option a (only that our leaders would feel virtuous, that they really did something); or c) change course, aggressively and unapologetically applying the spirit and letter of the law.


By John S. Allen 

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