by Frank Mitchell

It is the duty of government to protect and secure the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of its citizens. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has been charged to protect United States citizens from harm caused by non-U.S. citizens. To this end, aliens, “… may be denied admission on the grounds of health, criminal history, security or terrorism concerns, the likelihood of their ‘becoming a public charge,’ their seeking work in the United States without proper labor certification and qualifications, prior illegal entry or violations of immigration law, lack of proper documentation, or previous removal from the country.” (Immigration Policy in the United States, February 2006, The Congress of the United States/Congressional Budget Office).

The United States welcomes and accepts more legal immigrants as permanent residents than the rest of the world combined. However, there are an estimated twenty million or more illegal aliens residing in the U.S. in violation of U.S. immigration laws. Such blatant contempt for U.S. laws, its law-abiding citizens, and its legalized immigrants should not be tolerated. Rather these criminals should be punished and banned from enjoying the privileges of U.S. citizenry.

We’ve already had a “one time only” amnesty deal for illegals. It occurred during the Reagan Administration and the idea was supposed to be that we’d allow the illegals who were here to become citizens and we’d simultaneously beef up security to try to keep the problem from occurring again.

Well, guess what? That very bipartisan sounding compromise didn’t work. To the contrary, it failed miserably.

So why in the world would anyone who wants to stop illegal immigration want to try something that has already been proven to be counterproductive? We have far more illegals in America today than we did when the “one time” amnesty went through. Do we want 20 million illegals here when the next amnesty goes through? 30 million? Are we going to be accused of racism if we say the next huge wave of illegals shouldn’t be given citizenship either? Where does it end?

Illegal aliens take jobs from American citizens. The economy stinks. American citizens are out of work. People are going out every day looking for jobs to support their family and they’re coming home empty handed. Meanwhile, there are illegal aliens in this country holding jobs that American citizens would otherwise have.

“Oh, but those are jobs Americans won’t do!” There’s no such thing. There’s no job in this country that couldn’t be filled if every illegal disappeared tomorrow — but, here’s the catch: the crooked business owners who are knowingly hiring the illegals might have to pay what the job is worth instead of hiring people who let everyone else pay their health care, pay their car insurance, and pay their share of the taxes.

Finally, it’s against the law to enter this country illegally. It’s against the law to buy fake documents or steal someone’s social security number. It’s against the law not to pay your taxes. After all of that, we’re going to give people citizenship? What message does that send to all the immigrants filling out reams of paperwork, paying out significant chunks of their paychecks, and waiting for years in their home countries to finally achieve their dream of becoming an American citizen?

Here’s the message it sends: You’re a chump! This is something you don’t normally have to say to people north of five years old, but it’s not smart to reward bad behavior and punish good behavior.