Here is my latest commentary for CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization).
While there are those who are quick to portray illegal aliens as being victims, few journalists and politicians are willing to discuss how the violations of our nation’s borders and immigration laws victimize our nation and our citizens.
Make no mistake about it, the reason that the vast majority of employers who intentionally hire illegal aliens do so in order to exploit them and reduce labor and other costs so that they can maximize their profits. I understand the desire to maximize profits but not when it involves exploitation of vulnerable people and not when it costs Americans their jobs!
The news report upon which I focused for my commentary for CAPS illustrates the flip side of illegal immigration, how aliens are able to easily commit fraud and game the system. This ability to game the system costs money and lives. The terrorists who attacked our nation on September 11, 2001 all gamed the immigration and / or visa processes in order to enter our country and embed themselves in communities around our country. Other terror suspects have similarly taken advantage of gaping holes in the system.
Not all aliens who make a mockery of our laws are terrorists however. Criminals of all sorts also avail themselves of opportunities that our nation’s incompetence, ineptitude and lack of integrity provide them with.
The news report to which I refer focused on a woman who gamed the system for nearly a decade by (obviously) fraudulently claiming to have at least 20 children- all of whom having purportedly born on the same date! If her claim was to be believed, could you imagine what the delivery room would have looked like when she gave birth?!
I have this image, in my mind’s eye, of the VolksWagen at the circus. As calliope music plays in the background, a long parade of clowns emerges from that tiny car, to the gales of laughter of the audience!
There is, however, no humor to be found When the sort of incompetence we are considering enabled an illegal alien to game the system for nearly a decade! it is additionally disturbing that this deceit went undiscovered after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 which should have hammered home the importance of identifying and combatting fraud in all governmental systems in all agencies.
Perception becomes reality. Today there is a perception that our government is stupendously inept. That perception is, unfortunately largely justified. This encourages and emboldens individuals to game the system. The consequence of this reverberates throughout our nation and, indeed, around the world. We are as good as our reputation! When that reputation convinces the world that the United States is conducting itself like the “Not Ready For Prime-Time Players” we truly have a crisis on our hands!
At a time when the threats posed by transnational gangs and international terrorists continue to increase across our nation, the effective enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws and the development of strategies to really secure our nation’s borders could not be more essential for the security of our nation and the wellbeing of our citizens!
Just as only a minuscule percentage of the number of law violators get caught (think of how rarely speeders get pulled over by police officers) it must be presumed that similar scams are being perpetrated by many other illegal aliens each day across this vast nation. There is a listen being taught as a result of this- America is still the “Land of Opportunity!” The opportunity to violate our borders, the opportunity to violate our immigration laws, and apparently the opportunity to violate other laws- all without fear of being discovered, arrested or punished!
If you doubt this- think about the case we are discussing- an illegal alien became confident that she could send false tax returns to the IRS! Clearly she became convinced that being an illegal alien in the United States is not a big deal! Who could blame her? Haven’t our political leaders including the President of the United States and members of his administration as well as members of Congress in both houses and from both political parties openly advocated placing unknown millions of illegal aliens on a pathway to United States citizenship?
Haven’t mayors and governors declared their cities and states to be “Sanctuaries” for illegal aliens? Haven’t colleges provided illegal aliens with instate tuition?
If anything, being an illegal alien in the United States has, in many communities and especially in our nation’s Capitol something that provides a certain sense of entitlement! I am surprised that the Norma Coronel, the woman who was ultimately arrested for her unbelievable crimes, did not scream about her right to “The American Dream!”