Illegal immigration across the USA’s southern border has always been a controversial issue, but it’s taken a massive turn for the worse in recent months. Since late last year more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the United States, more than three times the rate seen just a few years ago. The massive influx has overwhelmed immigration services, bringing complaints from liberals about slow processing and unsatisfactory accommodation for holding these immigrants while their cases are dealt with. With a genuine human tragedy going on it’s not the right time to point out to these liberals that they’ve always been against investing more money in border control, to the point where ordinary citizens have had to take on the responsibility themselves. Now the government is finally trying to authorize extra funding to sort out the crisis, but it’s a bit late.
This surge of “undocumented” immigrants is problematic because the majority are minors. The USA is obliged under UN law to take their claims seriously and there’s no doubt some are genuine refugees, but the southern states just don’t have the resources to take care of all these people. There’s also the fact that many aren’t genuine refugees. Stories about al Qaeda members being among them are probably just scaremongering – terrorists want to be able to operate freely and being an illegal immigrant doesn’t exactly work for that, especially as they can get documents easily enough. There are gang members mixed in with the refugees though, bringing the menace of Mexico’s drug gangs right into the southern USA.
Of course gang members are s short-term issue; given a free hand state law enforcement will clear them out soon enough. What’s more worrying is the ultimate fate of the refugee masses. There doesn’t seem to be much enthusiasm at the federal level for deporting those who don’t have a genuine reason for coming to the USA, and in fact if anything national policy seems to be to encourage them to stay. This is good for corporations that want a supply of cheap labor, but it’s bad for the average American worker – who will see their wages driven down – and it’s bad for the country as well.
Just how bad could it be for the country? The answer to that question has to be “pretty bad”. Immigration at the current rate won’t just overload our public services – it could change the very face of society in the affected states. Britain’s last socialist government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown deliberately encouraged immigration in a mad quest to create a “multicultural society” and it looks as if our own version of Teflon Tony is now trying to do the same. With populous states like Texas and California increasingly inhabited by recent immigrants, and those immigrants feeling grateful to the Democratic Party that gave them amnesty to settle here, the electoral college could take a big long-term step to the left. There’s no way that can be good for the country. It’s up to the states and the people to make sure this mass immigration doesn’t become a lasting trend.