By Rick Oltman, April 12, 2017
Since the November election, a deterrent message has been sent to the entire world about illegally entering our country. The result is that illegal entries are at the lowest they have been since the Clinton Administration, 17 years ago.
And, in an event that the immigration reform movement (“reform” meaning to enforce our immigration laws) has been waiting for over 25 years, the highest law enforcement officer in the land, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has visited the Mexican border and said that the message to the world is, “Do not come.” Sessions understands that the current message being sent will have, and has had, a discouraging effect. There has been a 70% decline in illegal entries since Obama left office.
He also told Sean Hannity that, “Going after Sanctuary Cities (is) first and foremost.”
And, regarding the wall, Attorney General Sessions said, “It doesn’t have to be every foot of the entire 1,700-mile border … but a wall, a barrier, multiplies the ability of our border patrol and customs officers to be effective … . So, this is the way to go.”
During the presidential campaign last year, I was interviewed several times about what I thought about candidate Trump’s talk about a border wall. Was it a real wall? Et cetera. I always told the interviewer that my belief was that the “wall” was both a metaphorical wall and a real wall.
It was a metaphor for the enforcement of our immigration laws that I, and millions of voters, expected with President Trump. And, it was a real wall, too. Barriers do work for two reasons: one, they are a barrier, and two, they send a deterrent message to the entire world. “Don’t come. Don’t leave your home and family, spend a lot of money and risk your life trying to get in illegally, because you’re not going to make it.”
There are walls on the border now. Every border town has a wall on the border, separating it from a Mexican town or city just across the border. And they work … as far as they go.
But until today, what we have not ever had in the modern era of illegal immigration (post 1986 IRCA amnesty for illegal aliens) is a discouraging message to the world to try to slow down the incoming traffic, not even after 9/11. Now, the world is getting the message.
Another way to discourage people from coming illegally is to cut off the access to jobs in our country, which is why most illegals come: to seek work.
If all employers in the country were required to verify that their workforce is made up of citizens or legal immigrants with a work visa, that would also send a very powerful discouraging message.
Will anything, a wall, workplace verification, anything stop all illegal immigration? Of course not, but clearly stating policies of enforcement and building a barrier in the right places will send that much-needed discouragement message and make our U.S. Border Patrol’s enforcement efforts more likely to succeed.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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