For The New York Times Editorial Board, suggesting we should enforce our current immigration laws is an expression of anger, fear and hate. In a recent hit piece, the board condemned presidential hopefuls for taking a strong stance on illegal immigration, claiming that they are extinguishing “the flame of decency toward the foreign-born.” They also labeled Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ pro-amnesty philosophies as “strong immigration platforms.”
The editorial praised Ohio Governor John Kasich’s performance in the last Republican presidential debate for again raising his belief that deporting those who violate our immigration laws is unfeasible:
“Mr. Kasich said, again, that deportation of 11 million people is unrealistic, a statement of simple fact that in this context counts as bravery.”
Statistics show this assertion is false. Pew Research estimates 11.3 million illegal aliens lived in the United States in 2014. Under the Clinton administration alone, 12.3 million illegal aliens were removed from the United States or left of their own will. If the Federal government allocated the infrastructure and manpower necessary to secure the border, history and experience show that it is possible to drastically lower the number of illegal immigrants by implementing a policy that includes deporting those we find, and removing incentives encouraging them to stay.
The Times ended its fact-challenged editorial by reassuring Americans that no detrimental effects will result from unchecked immigration.
“There is a long list of things Americans are terrified of; immigrants should not be on it.”
Again, statistics show otherwise. Since 2007, 100 percent of new jobs for females went to foreign born residents, while jobs held by US-born women dropped by approximately 64,000. In total, 71 percent of all new employment since 2000 went to foreign born residents.
While these facts should concern anyone who desires job stability, the Times also ignores the vast amount of preventable crimes committed by those in the states illegally. Perhaps these writers should reassure the family of Kate Steinle, a young woman gunned down by a criminal illegal alien given asylum in San Francisco, that they have nothing to fear. Or perhaps they should relay this message to the families of those needlessly slain in Houston, or other Americans who have suffered as a result of sanctuary policies for criminal illegal aliens.