Friday and Saturday, groups around the country turned out in a grassroots protest against the influx of illegal aliens at the border. Angry, proud, and desperate to make their voices heard, these Americans brought their message to the streets in droves, warning their fellow countrymen of the “alien invasion” threatening the U.S. in a variety of ways.
A protestor speaking to a CNN reporter summarized the dilemma at the heart of the matter with a simple statement: “It is a sad state of affairs for those kids, but it’s not our job to take care of them.”
They called it the “National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform, Amnesty, and Border Surge.” Protestors brought out their banners and signs in more than 300 cities across the country to speak out against the administration’s inaction regarding a very serious problem at the border.
“Stop Illegal Alien Invasion,” read one sign in Kansas City, MO. Another read, “Strengthen Our Borders.”
The border was at the top of the news cycle for a week or so before Malaysian Flight 17 and the invasion of Gaza pushed it to page 2. Once those crises begin to fade from consciousness, though, immigration will once again take center stage. Why? Because it is the issue that most greatly affects the U.S. on an ongoing basis, and Obama is doing little to get a grip on the problem. Rick Perry is sending National Guard troops to the Rio Grande valley, the California and Texas school systems are doing what they can to accommodate more than 60,000 children, but the president remains inactive and inert.
Well, not quite inert. He has asked Congress for nearly $4 billion in funds to throw at the problem. To see if maybe he can bury it under a pile of cash and government growth. And of course everyone yelled “obstructionism” when House Republicans balked at the figure, but this isn’t a problem that’s going to get solved with an obscene amount of money. Money will help us assimilate these immigrant children into the system, but is that really the direction we should be heading? It doesn’t take a lot of money to put firm deportation policies in place – policies that will discourage future refugees from seeking freedom in the United States.
And of course, the second problem is that it’s not just children coming across the border. That’s the focus of the humanitarian crisis, of course, and it’s something that needs to be considered when we determine policy, but that’s not the whole story. The problem is we really don’t know who might be coming across the border. We’re not far enough removed from terrorist attacks that we’ve forgotten the dangers of letting Islamic extremists into the country, are we? Surely not, when it was only a year ago that the Boston Marathon played host to two pressure cooker bombs.
Something must be done at the border. Hopefully protests like the ones seen this weekend will wake up the Washington establishment.