People are pouring over our border, some of whom are just looking for hand-outs that we can’t even afford to provide our own, others are legitimately looking for work and are willing to work under the table well below minimum wage, further making it difficult for US citizens (particularly young people in need of entry-level jobs) to get hired. Which creates societal problems in and of itself.
Many who immigrate illegally end up spending little of the money they make here, choosing instead to live in relative poverty (hey, their choice) and send the rest of the money back to whatever countries they consider their homes.
Worth pointing out too that the majority pouring over our borders are young men from some very violent parts of Latin America, and unlike previous waves of (legal) immigrants, these by and large are refusing to assimilate.
There’s also the national security threat to consider. The media reported back in October that nearly 100 individuals with ties to Islamic terror groups were plotting to join the caravan as it crossed into Guatemala. Thankfully, they were apprehended and deported, but the sheer number that were attempting to cross at once is highly alarming.
Very bad people attempt to enter our country all the time. This is why we work with foreign governments to determine just who is coming here — and why Trump called a temporary halt on immigration from those seven Muslim-majority countries. (Their governments were refusing to cooperate. Worth noting also that Obama had been advised to do the same).
Now imagine people from terror-laden regions finding a way around such checks — hell, even abusing the system to suit their own ends.
We’ve been seeing a staggering number of people from Africa and the Middle East paying thousands of dollars for plane tickets to Mexico so they can illegally cross our border. They know that if they’re caught they can simply claim asylum, then disappear into the country and to hell with their hearings.
Hence the Trump administration’s new rules regarding immigration — which the SCOTUS has now upheld.
Our goodwill is being abused. According to sources Tim Pool has quoted, only 10% of the people who actually bother applying for asylum are even eligible. What about the people who are actually in need of it? Why should they be allowed to fall through the cracks? Is this fair to them? Is it fair to any of us?
There is absolutely a crisis at our border — this isn’t some “Republican talking point”. Hell, even Obama realized it, and he was far from lackadaisical when it came to illegal immigration.