America is an exceptional nation. We are also a prosperous nation
because of our liberties and our free market system. That’s why people
from all over the world want to come to America to create better lives
for themselves and their families, because we are truly the land of
opportunity. Americans have embraced their role as the world’s
premier “melting pot,” welcoming immigrants from every corner of the
planet. We readily learn about other cultures, customs and beliefs. We
appreciate those who are willing to come to this country and make
America a more vibrant and enriched place.
Americans do resent,
however, the willingness of some to circumvent our laws and enter our
nation illegally. While many, if not most, illegal immigrants are
peaceful people simply seeking to provide for their families, some are
not. In fact, some are quite dangerous, jeopardizing the safety and
well-being of American citizens.
Illegal immigrations have only
exacerbated illegal activity, such as the horrendous crimes of drug
smuggling and human trafficking. Illegal immigrants who are repeat
offenders are harder to track, making it difficult for law enforcement
to prevent crime. Further, weak borders have caused a compounding
problem of terrorists assimilating with illegal immigrants, crossing the
border with them and entering the U.S.
also puts a tremendous strain on America’s entitlement and health care
systems. Illegal immigrants are typically uninsured and cannot afford to
pay for their medical care, driving up costs for all Americans, even
those actually insured. In fact, several hospitals in the U.S. have
declared bankruptcy as a result of the costs of caring for illegal
We must secure our borders, enforce our laws and
promote the existing path to citizenship. Protecting our nation’s
sovereignty should be a paramount concern of those elected to lead us,
not an afterthought or a reaction once the problem becomes even worse.
Further, taking a stand on the issue does not mean one lacks compassion,
but instead, that one respects the rule of law and the importance of
not becoming a lawless nation.