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"Done In By Our Own Irrational Compassion"
From * In Defense of Rural America *
By Ron Ewart, President
National Association of Rural Landowners
and nationally recognized author on freedom and property rights issues.
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© Copyright Sunday May 19, 2019 - All Rights Reserved

"Hospitals are closing across the country due to the burden of illegal immigration, college students find that summer jobs have dried up due to illegal immigration, and wages across the board are depressed by the overwhelming influx of cheap and illegal labor."

Elton Gallegly

"Illegal immigration is a crisis for our country. It is an open door for drugs, criminals, and potential terrorists to enter our country. It is straining our economy, adding costs to our judicial, health-care, and education systems."

Timothy Murphy

But then you know all this, don't you?

There is no question! By simple logic, illegal immigration has been and continues to be a deadly invasion of guns, drugs, humans carrying diseases, taking American jobs, soaking up "free" welfare, housing, education and health care benefits and adding to America's crime rate.

Why do they come here? That's simple. They are leaving hopelessly crime-ridden, socialist countries where poverty, hunger and corruption infect their daily existence. Consequently, when they come here, their mindset is already socialist and they are looking for free handouts from government because they believe that government owes them, not unlike the "Occupy Wall Street" crowd who want GOVERNMENT to do a better job of redistributing the wealth ..... to them.

Why aren't these illegal aliens stopped at the borders? Because laws have been purposely passed, court decisions rendered and immigration settlement agreements (Flores) signed to encourage illegal immigration.

Nevertheless, we applaud the heroics of overwhelmed border patrol agents that do a thankless job with way too few resources. Unfortunately, some of these brave border agents have been incarcerated for treating these illegal alien invaders as the criminals they are. Democrats go nuts about a couple of young kids dying while in border patrol custody, but ignore the brutal gauntlet that immigrants must go through to get here. They further ignore the disease, drugs, guns and human trafficking and lost jobs to legal Americans that illegal aliens bring.

Why are violent and brutal Mexican drug cartels shipping drugs across the borders? Because way to many Americans are hooked on drugs and living a decadent and irresponsible lifestyle.

What economic magnets draw these illegal alien invaders across our borders? Very generous safety net benefits; free housing; free, bi-lingual education; free health care and a Federal Government that does not adequately enforce current laws against hiring illegal aliens. Added to this gross negligence by the Federal Government, are cities, counties, states and churches that set up sanctuary policies, giving a free pass to illegal aliens, or a place to hide.

Who pays through the nose for this government-sanctioned illegal alien invasion? The legal American taxpayer!

This is hardly new news, is it?

This illegal alien invasion is comprised of un-educated, low skilled humans that feed off the enforced generosity of legal Americans. This rag tag bunch of socialist peasants have no intention of assimilating into the American culture and adopting the English language. They boast of their rights under American law, when in fact they have no, or should have no rights as illegal aliens. They spit in American faces and tell us they are going to take back "their" country.

They have babies in America, which then become American citizens under the misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment. They are reproducing at a rate that is almost twice the reproduction rate of non-illegal aliens. Numerous immigration advocacy groups support the illegal aliens and entice them to come to America. These groups use unconscionable American law to provide aid, comfort and legal advice to the illegal aliens.

In point of fact, there is no price for an illegal alien to pay by chancing the border crossing, except maybe his life if he chooses the wrong place to cross. The desert can be very unforgiving. Yes, they might be caught by the Border Patrol and sent back to Mexico, but they will just keep trying until they cross the border successfully and find themselves a place to hide in America. Or, under America's "catch and release" policy they get a free ride into the interior of America. Once they have been here for awhile, they will then look for a job at ridiculously low wages and make application for welfare benefits to supplement their income, or enter into a life of crime to support themselves, or their illegal drug habits they picked up south of the border.

If an armed invasion came across our borders, we would instantly defend those borders with American troops and the full force and fury of the American military might. Right now our southern border is a tragic human war zone by any definition. So why would the federal government not treat this illegal alien invasion at our southern border with an equal military force, with orders to shoot to warn first and shoot to kill if the illegal alien refuses to turn back? If this policy were adopted, the illegal alien invasion would stop, literally overnight. Harsh? You bet. But so is an illegal invasion of America.

The claim that America is a country of immigrants and was built by immigrants, as a way to rationalize this illegal alien invasion, is specious. The lion's share of the immigrants that built this country came here legally and there was no safety net benefits, free housing, free education, or free health care. They had to have a sponsor. They had to learn English, the Constitution and American history in order to become a naturalized citizen. They had to swear allegiance to the Constitution of the United States. They took classes and attended meetings for five years before they could take the test and recite the pledge. These people who became naturalized American citizens were and are eternally grateful for the opportunity to enter the land of the free and fully intend to assimilate into American culture as best they can.

This isn't something you haven't heard before, is it?

What does the illegal alien do when they get here? They hide in the shadows. They get sympathetic charity groups or churches to shield them, or to defend their non-right to stay here. They get criminal employers that employ them. If they have a visa, they over-stay their visa and embed themselves in illegal enclaves. Many who are caught by authorities are given a free pass. Many commit crimes, end up in our courts and jails and the American taxpayer gets to fund their court costs and 3 meals a day, television, free health, dental and eye care, exercise facilities, a library and other benefits while they are in jail. Legal Americans must pay to receive these benefits and must also pay to support the jailed alien.

In a raid, ICE used 2,000 agents to round up 3,000 illegal aliens who have committed serious crimes and deported them, from a list of over 500,000 known illegal alien criminals that are purported to be in America. 500,000 known criminals mind you! Many of those deported will be back in America within a few weeks or months because they have learned how to avoid the CBP and ICE and to use our system for their own gain.

Illegal aliens end up in our schools where the school district has to hire bi-lingual teachers and tutors to attend to their special needs. They get free meals in school. If they stay in America long enough, some states (California and Texas) give them in-state tuition rates to attend college.

The liberal politicians are forever trying to give them amnesty, or a path to amnesty, which is amnesty by any other name. Why do the liberal politicians want to grant them amnesty? For the same reason they have bought off millions of Americans with money from the public treasury .... in exchange for more Democrat votes!

The illegal aliens end up in hospital emergency rooms without insurance and because of an ill-advised American law, the hospitals have to attend to their injuries or other health issues, at a cost that must be born by the legal American taxpayer. Many hospitals are going broke or shutting down because of it. One hospital in Florida, after spending over a $1.5 million on health care for just one illegal alien, chartered a plane and flew him back to the country from which he came, at an additional cost of $30,000. An administrator for that hospital testified before Congress on the exorbitant costs to treat illegal aliens, in not only her hospital but all of Florida as well. It's outrageous and unconscionable!

If an American breaks a law there is a price to pay. If an illegal alien breaks the law, in way too many cases they get a pass, or are rewarded with free benefits and cash. If it became law that every Democrat household had to support an illegal alien family, the illegal invasion would stop overnight.

The result of this massive invasion of illegal aliens will be an America that no longer resembles a Constitutional Republic, where individual rights were sacrosanct and where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were sacred gifts from our creator. In its place will be a country of whiners, complainers and free loader miscreants that will riot in the streets if they don't get what they want from government. Taxes and regulations will increase exponentially and the entrepreneurs that built this country may just find another country to build, in a re-play of Ayn Rand's book, "Atlas Shrugged."

But then you know all this, don't you?

We predict that if America's Constitutional Republic dies, we'll end up just like the European Union where productive countries will be forced to bailout profligate ones, where the debt of grossly negligent countries will be forgiven (Greece) and the productive ones (Germany) forced to take up the slack in order to keep the Union together. Because of planet-wide failed socialist policies, negligence, corruption and bad behavior are rewarded and achievement and production are penalized, all based on the flawed emotion of irrational compassion ..... for votes. This is an upside-down, Alice-in-Wonderland world that is doomed to fail, with drastic consequences.

As a result of pervasive illegal immigration, the entire world of countries will be brought down to the lowest common denominator and mediocrity, corruption and daily riots will become a way of life. This will lead to war and maybe the final war that could set a civilized planet back to the medieval, dark ages, where the twin evils of hopelessness and despair reside.

So America had better get a handle on the illegal alien invasion now, or suffer the irreversible consequences. But like so many other problems that America and Americans must endure, government lets the problems go beyond the point at which they can be corrected. So we are not holding our breath that the government will do anything about the illegal alien invasion other than, in the end, grant all of them amnesty.

And the world's governments and the people go round and round in an infinite number of circles, just like the stupid dog that is trying to bite its own tail .... with the same results. The dog finally gives up, but governments never give up going in circles, in a continuous, never-ending repeat of all that is insane.

By our own hand, apathy and indifference, we are being "Done In By Our Own Irrational Compassion."

But then you know all this, don't you? The question is, what are you going to do about it?

Just how bad do you want to stop illegal immigration? You moan, groan and complain about it. The hard truth is, your government won't stop it, but enough legal Americans can. Our next article will provide a path to a "We the People" solution and we'll see just how bad the American people want to stop illegal immigration. Americans talk a big game, but they are short on follow through.

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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, "In Defense of Rural America", is the President of the National Association of Rural Landowners, (NARLO) a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State and dedicated to restoring, maintaining and defending property rights for urban and rural landowners. He can be reached by e-mail for comment at or by 'phone at 1 800 682-7848.

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