Busting The Immigration Myths Here’s how you can bust your friends who think they know about the immigration issue, but actually have no clue (made with our friends at FWD.us)
Posted by NowThis on Saturday, March 12, 2016
This video is frustrating and hysterical all at the same time. Watch it before reading the following.
Did you watch it? Good! Let’s walk through this step by step.
The attack on trump; stating that Trump wants to deport 11 million people. That may very well be a want of his, but it’s unrealistic and he knows it. That’s why he has said several times that we should shut things down while we can figure out a solid way of doing it – something other presidents have done in the past. This immigration thing is not just a Trump thing or even a Republican thing either. The Democrats have been harping about this for decades. Don’t believe me?
In 1993, Democrat Reid called for the 14th Amendment to be clarified so that “any person born after the date of enactment of this title to a mother who is neither a citizen of the United States nor admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident, and which person is a national or citizen of another country of which either of his or her natural parents is a national or citizen, or is entitled upon application to become a national or citizen of such country, shall be considered as born subject to the jurisdiction of that foreign country and not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States within the meaning of section 1 of such Article and shall therefore not be a citizen of the United States or of any State solely by reason of physical presence within the United States at the moment of birth.”
It gets better. In 1993, Democrat Reid was quoted as saying the following about immigration: “Our borders have overflowed with illegal immigrants placing tremendous burdens on our criminal justice system, schools and social programs. The Immigration and Naturalization Service needs the ability to step up enforcement. Our federal wallet is stretched to the limit by illegal aliens getting welfare, food stamps, medical care and other benefits often without paying any taxes. Safeguards like welfare and free medical care are in place to boost Americans in need of short-term assistance. These programs were not meant to entice freeloaders and scam artists from around the world. Even worse, Americans have seen heinous crimes committed by individuals who are here illegally.”
In fact, Democrat Reid also said “If making it easy to be an illegal alien wasn`t enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal immigrant? No sane country would do that. Right? Guess again! If you break our laws by entering this country without permission and give birth to a child, we reward that child with US citizenship.”
The funny thing is that I have numerous democrats saying similar things from similar times and beyond. But I don’t recall everyone crying about it. And now the problem is worse and laced with a disease, it’s somehow racism? That’s just stupid.
Now, it is true that there are 11 million men, women, and children who are living in the country unlawfully. It’s also true that all 11 million are what we could consider “criminal”, but well over half are. People (and this video) suggest that these people are somehow victims. But did most of these people skirt the rules? While even the video admits they did; suggesting that some CAME here legally… but she destroyed her argument by admitting they REMAINED ILLEGALLY! It’s not a hard thing to figure out really. If I came to your house and didn’t leave when I said I would, I would be trespassing. Furthermore, the video states that roughly 45% entered legally. For those who are not mathematically inclined, that means that OVER HALF came here ILLEGALLY.
The video then suggests that people can’t just get to the back of the line like at a bar if they want to become citizens of this country. That is true. There are applications, background checks, certain classes, etc. This ensures that your interest in becoming a citizen is about being an American and that you mean it when you say your pledge of allegiance. But see, a lot of people today don’t understand why or how that is important. This is why you can have some dumb broad in a bar preaching about things she has little understanding of, but again… I digress.
Then she brings up the idea that if someone has a visa and they stay longer than a year and then leave, that they can’t come back for over 10 years. There is actually a pretty good reason for this. Back in the ’90s, the Government decided to punish people for breaking the law (weird I know). But of course, the video doesn’t want to share that reason. Congress simply decided to punish foreign-born people who spent time in the U.S. unlawfully—that is, people without a visa, green card, or other official permission from the U.S. immigration authorities – by saying they were not welcome back for a period of time. The idea was that hopefully, they will have learned that we are a nation of laws and that they can try again later. But she didn’t want to talk about that. Do you want to know why? Probably because there was a democrat as president during the vast majority of the ’90s and immigration was on their radar during most of it because it was a growing problem. Evidence of this might in the words by Reid I just shared.
So then the video states that even people who are here as “highly skilled workers” have trouble staying or getting their visas renewed. She says “It’s not as easy as taking a shot of fireball!” Which is hilarious because it’s actually not supposed to be – for things like security reasons. But notice she’s blurring the lines again between people who come here illegally, with those who come here legally but temporarily, and with those who come here legally permanently. The thing you need to understand is that criminal immigrants only make up 5.1% of the U.S. labor force.
But let me interject my own point her for a moment to clarify something since I’m thinking about it. A visa is an endorsement on a passport indicating that the holder is ALLOWED to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country. This is LEGAL. Already, this video is ridiculous because it is attempting to blur the line between CRIMINAL, VISA and CITIZENSHIP.
What I love next is how she belittles the ability to “fully enforce the law”. She says the law is broken and needs to be fixed. She is alluding to amnesty because of the difficulty in enforcing such laws (this is important to note for a later point). Which of course would grant amnesty to dangerous street gang members here illegally like the MS-13. So the law is broken? Enforcement is broken? So we should just ignore crime? This posture is evident in radical leftist demonstrations like Chicago and Ferguson, but most American simply do not agree with this. They just haven’t taken to the streets to show it. (Get it?)
Then she says that more Mexicans are leaving the country than coming in. This is a blurry statement as well, but still kind of fun to explore. She’s again, trying to turn this into a racial thing while completely ignoring one single fact: Mexicans make up less than half of all criminal immigrants. And yes, some Mexicans are going back home. But it’s not about Mexico or Mexicans – it’s about the other half of criminal immigrants that come from places like El Salvador, Guatemala, the Philippines, India, Honduras, China, Korea, etc, etc.
“But everyone should have a shot at a better life”. Yes, they should. Which is why America is so great and gives as many people as they can a shot at having just that. Consider this: the U.S. has been and still remains the top country in the world for receiving both legal and illegal migrants. Another little fun fact is that the U.S. is also the top refugee resettlement country in the world, with an annual cap of 70,000 people per year.
But the video gets worse. She suggests that allowing these people in unchecked would add a trillion dollars to the economy. Seriously? Is that before or after you subtract the cost? This might be true if you were considering ONLY Mexicans and ONLY agriculture, but as has been studied and reported numerous times, many who come to the country illegally send their earnings to the country from which they originated. They don’t spend that money here. And since they are here illegally and many work “under the table”, guess what else doesn’t happen! Sure, there are some who do use a fake SSN and pay into the tax system. And since they won’t get their return, someone is dumb enough to believe that they are paying in more as a whole, but this is ridiculous to suggest that this is the norm or don’t subtract the cost the entitlements being exploited such as health and education.
Anyway, she goes on to say that there is no evidence to suggest that these immigrants commit more crime than people born here. This one is just funny; especially after spouting her mouth off about not enforcing the law. But let’s look at this for a second. In the July 21 Judiciary Committee hearing on crimes by illegal immigrants, in 2014 alone, immigration authorities released into American communities 193 illegal immigrants with homicide convictions, 426 people with sexual-assault convictions and 16,000 with drunk-driving convictions. Altogether, 104,000 people who by law should have been deported were instead allowed to remain on American soil. Is that proof? Not really, but it is evidence that we can base against logic. If a cop let a murderer go due to pressure by the Federal Government to do so, would you invite this person into your home?
Similarly, the Government Accountability Office found that an estimated 25,000 of undocumented immigrants were serving sentences for homicide. They also found a cumulative total of 2.89 million offenses committed by these undocumented immigrants between 2003 and 2009. Of these offenses: an estimated 42,000 were robberies, 70,000 were sex crimes, 81,000 were auto thefts, 95,000 were weapons offenses, and 213,000 were assaults. So I don’t know about anyone else, but these are crimes our neighborhoods could probably go without just inviting in and this is a far cry from “zero” and “no evidence” and “no study”.
Then she talks about “first-gen” immigrants having lower crimes rates than people born here. What she forgets to mention is that this stat was based on LEGAL immigrants that could actually be tracked. Just saying.
Thankfully she mentions that she’s not talking about overnight citizenship… which kind of negates her allusion toward amnesty. She talks about how getting legal citizenship takes a while. It does. But of course, she also doesn’t mention the cries from the left demanding amnesty or how that is more than likely the only way such a move could be done. She also doesn’t mention LEGAL immigrants (those who did it right that don’t like of the idea amnesty for the same reasons the average citizen doesn’t like amnesty). But, she also doesn’t mention that by providing amnesty to illegals, the government would be pardoning an act against the law. Not only is not fair EVERY single American who has EVER been held accountable for any violation ever, it definitely wouldn’t be fair for those who have already spent the money and time going through the long, tedious process of immigrating to the United States.
But I love how she starts tugging at the heartstrings with hypotheticals; talking about how children need a better life and how they live their entire life in a lie, only to find out that their papers were not right. Uhh… so what? If I found that my parents weren’t paying the bills on the house, or we were about to get evicted because they weren’t paying property taxes, would I get a free house? This is so stupid. And since we are going to use hypotheticals – how about this one? Imagine a LEGAL immigrant comes here the right way to provide a better life for their children. But then down the road, the LEGAL migrant is killed by a violent CRIMINAL migrant gang member like an MS-13 member who was granted amnesty. We can do hypothetical all day. But it is a good sales tool, so I’ll give the video that.
My absolute favorite part of the video is when she finally shuts up and he takes a drink. I felt the same way. Look, it’s not that her side of the debate doesn’t have any merit. In fact, I would tend to agree with the open borders/amnesty idea as long as we didn’t have illegal entitlements. But we need to stop one or the other. It really is that simple. It’s not racial; it’s math, it’s economics, and it’s logic. Only the ignorant will or could contort it into anything else.
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