Political Debate: Immigration- Republican View
Immigration in the United States has been a long-standing debate. Democrats will not combat the issue. Both Republicans and Democrats know that immigration is a problem especially when we have millions coming to the United States illegally.
“There were 12 million immigrants living in the country illegally as of January 2015, according to the most recent estimate from the Department of Homeland Security … The Pew Research Center estimates the number at 10.7 million in 2016, and the Center for Migration Studies says there were 10.8 million people in 2016 living in the U.S. illegally,” says Factcheck.org.
Something has to be done about immigration. Whether it be because people are overstaying their visas or actually crossing the border illegally and not being caught before they enter. Despite popular belief, the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, is not the only president to separate parents and children at the border. George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama all have had similar practices under their administration. President Trump is getting all the heat because this is the first instance in which the disrespect for the POTUS exceeds that of any previous president. However, republicans and democrats can get together and fix the immigration problem in America through immigration reform, whether that be a billion dollar wall, more immigration judges, more security at the border, or possible military intervention such as the National Guard.
Democrats like to say that republicans are against asylum seekers entering the United States, when in reality we just want asylum seekers to apply for asylum in a designated port of entry; The Constitution of the United States says immigrants applying for asylum must do it within a year. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s website, there are 328 legal Ports of Entry to the United States; A list can be found here: https://www.cbp.gov/contact/ports# . Republicans do have a heart; they just want to be able to know how many people are in the United States at a time. They want to know how many accepted asylum seekers we have and how many are applying. I do not think that is too much to ask for.
Immigration may be the issue that gets President Donald J. Trump reelected. I strongly believe there are enough Republicans in the United States who disagree with the Democrat response to immigration reform. Most Democrats think we should have open borders and should not be responding to immigration the way the current administration is. I believe we should never have open borders because that is not the way our founding fathers wanted it. Even the earliest European immigrants came to the United States legally after a long journey by boat to the United States Statin Island.
“Look at any one of the Democrats running for the party’s presidential nomination, and you will not find a single policy proposal that would stop a single illegal entrant. Or even just the top five of them in the RealClearPolitics national average,” according to the Washington Examiner website.
The reason we cannot expect a Democrat to control our immigration numbers is because they do not care about immigration laws set forth by the Constitution and previous congresses. They just want open borders for their own agenda.
In addition, I do think we need to come together with the democrats and create a path to citizenship law that works toward establishing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA is an essential part of our current immigration system because the children brought here by their parents are not to blame for crossing the border illegally. It’s also important to recognize the parents did this to provide a better life for their children, so we should not blame them either.
Overall, I believe if people cross the border at legal Ports of Entry, are eligible for asylum, are DACA recipients, and/or have no criminal record (besides illegal immigration), then they should receive a path to citizenship. Please note that my opinions are Moderately Republican, and some of my beliefs would be debated by more passionate Republicans who have a stronger opinion against some of my reform propositions.