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How Can Democratic Presidential Candidates Advocate Immigration Lawlessness?


Sometimes simple questions spur thinking.  Unasked questions spur more.  That is happening in the area of illegal immigration.  The crisis is upon us.  It is migrating from border to interior, affecting American lives, liberties, health, safety, housing, taxes, and our identity as a nation.  Is it not time to think harder?

Somewhere, the immigration debate has gotten far off course.  After last week’s presidential debates, every Democratic candidate appears ready to admit illegal entrants without historic restrictions; harbor them in sanctuary cities; pay their health care with tax dollars (federal and state); permit displacement of lower income Americans from affordable housing; and tolerate growing homelessness created by unmitigated mass economic migration.  None of this fits American history, rule of law or sovereignty.

First, candidates and mainstream media consciously omit, diminish or ignore a basic distinction in US law – between legal immigration, which is permitted at different levels, based on country of origin and individual, and patently illegal immigration.   The distinction is important, yet consciously blurred.  That should stop.  That must stop – now.

This fundamental distinction – about which no one wants to speak – is key to resolving the larger debate. From enforcement of US visa laws to naturalization and citizenship, if the distinction between legal and illegal is not acknowledged, limits of entry upheld under law, then for all intents and purposes – US immigration laws do not exist. 

Put differently, the Democratic presidential candidates, beyond pushing mass government control, higher taxes, socialized medicine, federally defined and paid higher education, and shutting down fossil fuel production, are promoting lawlessness in the area of immigration.

Let’s be specific.  Today, in the United States, we have laws permitting presence in the United States under differing circumstances.  We have laws that distinguish between legal and illegal presence, between employer sponsored visas (H1B), independent work visas (EB-1), investor visas (EB-5), PhD visas (EB-2), presence by birth to foreign parents, presence by green-card lottery, and upon legal residence for five years, application for citizenship.  These are laws, meant to be enforced. 

By opening the flood gates at our southern border to lawless entry, Democrats not only render meaningless our asylum laws (i.e. requiring proof of a specific, objective “well-founded fear of persecution” to the individual by the country of origin’s government), and mock refugee laws, but we upend the entire legal framework for visas, residency, legal employment and potential citizenship. 

Here is the rub:  Democrats are effectively saying –  “Laws do not matter, just come and we will hide you, house you, pay for your health care, shield you from federal law enforcement, permit your crimes to go unreported, and not deport you.”  Under such circumstances, exactly where is respect for rule of law?  Nowhere, as these Democratic candidates are effectively throwing out US law.

Second, think for a moment about what a “nation” is.  Without borders, a plot of land and people have no claim to nationhood.  As early Americans knew, immigration would eventually rise and require restriction – and the restrictions would require enforcement, to preserve our sovereignty. 

As New York statesman Gouverneur Morris argued at the Constitutional Convention, “every society from a great nation down to a club has the right of declaring the conditions on which new members should be admitted.”  Incidentally, he wrote the Preamble to the Constitution, was signatory to the Articles of Confederation and the US Constitution.

His point is plain – then, and now.  While our Constitution grants the power to Congress “to establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization,” restrictions on immigration are required for nationhood. As one constitutional scholar noted: “The people have delegated to Congress the power to fix the terms under which America will consent to an immigrant become a member of the American political community,” who, when and how.  This implies legal limits, and it confers no right of entry. 

American citizens elect leaders to make and enforce laws, pursuant to the Constitution.  These laws only matter – and civil society only truly exists – if they are enforced.  The federal government determines who will be admitted, when and under what conditions.  Immigrants cannot – under any circumstances – legally impose themselves on our political community, particularly in contravention of express laws.

Yet here come these giddy, give-away-the-nation candidates, indifferent to history, law and logic, apparently untroubled by rising social, political, economic and moral costs imposed by their de facto “open borders” policy, an invitation to illegals to violate US law.  To a one, these Democratic candidates are complicit in advancing lawlessness, knowingly or recklessly upending rule of law.    

How can any of them seriously aspire to taking an oath of office to be President of the United States, solemnly swearing to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” and federal laws, while knowingly advocating lawlessness?  Who would trust any of them to protect us?

One can debate animating motives – whether the aim is to empower a growing mass of illegal aliens to vote for Democrats who buy votes with public money, or another hard-to-discern motive – but the bigger question is how any candidate can advocate lawlessness, while seeking the presidency.

To put a point on it:  Someone – and in 17 months it will be the voters – need to hold these bold advocates of lawless immigration accountable.  Laws, borders, sovereignty and enforcement either matter, or they do not.  Most Americans believe they do, and that this is what civil society is about. 

There are plenty of other strange legal, political, and economic theories being advocated, but if we cannot agree laws matter, that rule of law counts, that enforcing federal immigration laws is central to our existence as a nation, who are we? 

More precisely, who are these people who clamor to lead – if they do not believe in our laws, liberties, limits and protecting lives of American citizens?  Simple questions often produce sobering answers. 

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Jack Thomas
1 year ago

It’s totally absurd — and criminally negligent of our congressional leaders — that they cannot find the political and moral will to fix the immigration crisis. President Trump’s observation on this issue was correct: “Without borders we don’t have a country.” The Democratic presidential debates of the past week clearly demonstrate that none of the candidates on that stage actually cared a lick about the massive violations of our sovereignty; they only cared about pandering to the largely Latino voting bloc in 2020 —- of which “illegals” from Central America and Mexico will be a critical part, contrary to our… Read more »

1 year ago

“How Can Democratic Presidential Candidates Advocate Immigration Lawlessness?”

Easy! The left hates America. So they simply advocate the destruction of this nation in every aspect of their message. From their laundry list of freebies to current citizens to giving aid to those invading our nation. While doing all they can to thwart anyone who would attempt to strengthen America.

Richard Tucker
1 year ago

The democrats are so engaged with hating Trump they can’t do anything else!

Robert Ditmyer
1 year ago

I believe the Liberal left wants as many illegals as possible to enter the country. They will then find a way for them to be able to vote as they have found ways to give them many benefits even citizens are not getting. The illegals will vote for those on the left who are giving them all these benefits. Once these “new” voters tip the scales, then the hope of ever getting a conservative elected again will be no more. Add this to the growing number of legal voters who are believing socialism is the answer for our country, and… Read more »

1 year ago

Excellent article Mr. Charles! You very succinctly nailed the argument to its fundamental issue. Simplifying the issue to its most important element truly drives home the main point, which is that these so called Presidential contenders have chosen to ignore our laws and promote lawless disregard to all of our basic Constitutional safeguards. This glaring defiance in our border crisis pushes all other issues including health care and jobs to the back burner. Unless we get the border crisis resolved, nothing else will matter.

Brenda Blunt
1 year ago

Close the borders. If they don’t like the conditions, they can stay in their own country!

Helen Corey
1 year ago

Only way Dems get votes is to buy them. BSanders—free tuition, KHarris—citizenship and right to vote, OACortez—lying for her masters to allow non citizens illegally residing in US to vote, Joe Biden—free stuff promised by BObama. My senator, a Republican, wrote me that he will only vote with the President when HE thinks President is right. I wrote back and said I didn’t send him to DC to vote for what he thinks is right, that I voted for him to represent me.

1 year ago

No one is holding the immigrants against their will. They are free to go home anytime.

1 year ago

Sen. Cory Booker recently traveled into Mexico and brought in 5 illegal immigrants. This is against the law but I doubt he will be punished. Rep. Escobar (TX) sends her staff into Mexico to coach the illegals that they do not speak Spanish so they can’t be returned to Mexico to wait for their hearing. When our own representatives are dismissing the law the only solution is for their voters to turn them out of office as it’s apparent the DOJ isn’t going to do anything.

R Pierron
1 year ago

First question to all Dem candidates should be “Do you support border security including to prevent foreign nationals illegally entering the US”

1 year ago

Every U.S. Citizen should read this, and then VOTE.

1 year ago

Disgusting, Disgraceful, very very UnAmerican…how does the general public NOT GET IT ? Frightening times to our core values. We must stand firm, stand tall, & defend OUR values…if not then the future of MY country looks bleak.

Jeff Hebb
1 year ago

Because they have all become Anti-American, and push an agenda that not only goes against the Oath that they took, and now ignore; but also is in violation of our very Constitutional Laws, and our Republic!!!

Mark Jebe
1 year ago

Charles seems to assume something that I think untrue – those candidates for President care about our laws and Constitution. I think they find our laws an inconvenience, and our Constitution an obstruction. And it’s not just them, it’s every candidate for President since Eisenhower. (Who, in the fifties rounded up and deported over 3 million illegal aliens.) Since then they’ve talked a good line, but no President has done anything to stop illegal immigration, and that’s the reason so many Americans have lost economic ground over the last forty years. Big business controls almost all Democrat and many Republican… Read more »

Roberta Williams
1 year ago

Mr. Charles Thank you for such a clear and concise statement of what is going on in our country at this time.

Anne C Olson
1 year ago

I hope they like standing in line for a piece of toilet paper a day. THAT is where those leaders will lead.

Edward E
1 year ago

What consistently bothers me is the use of “DEMOCRATIC” when speaking of or referring to a Democrat, democrat candidate, or the Democrat party. “Democratic” is an adjective for someone who advocates government by the people…, and a Democrat certainly does not do that!

1 year ago

The Bible calls it double mindedness. Now, if we could only get those in charge calling the lawmakers on it instead of shaking in their boots if they offend someone, we might bring some sanity and understanding of our government. There will be a day of reckoning though. I just wish the left would worry about offending those of us on the right once in awhile though.

Dan Stockhammer
1 year ago

I far as I am concerned, whoever among the Democrat candidates for President is for open borders is a potential traitor. Likewise, the Texas representative dispersing 5 people to Mexico to teach the would-be immigrants how to cheat to get into our country just performed treason.

Dr Timothy-Allen Albertson
1 year ago

Because they are dumb ass liberals who hate America.

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